Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg


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State University of New York Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Vanessa K. Valdés is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the City College of New York, City University of New York. She is the editor of Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora and the author of Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas, both also published by SUNY Press.


"...this book provides an excellent introduction to students and scholars seeking an accessible portrait of Arturo Schomburg. Not only does Valdés's craft a compelling biography, she fully contextualizes his life and the transnational circumstances that most impacted his intellectual development ... Valdés's book is a necessary addition to the previous literature." -- Black Perspectives

"Diasporic Blackness is a noteworthy addition to the growing body of scholarship on Arturo Alfonso 'Arthur' Schomburg ... The author convincingly demonstrates that rather than prioritizing black nationalism or internationalism above all else, Schomburg persevered in seeking ways of reconciling black diasporic belonging with Latinx pan-ethnic identification and solidarity." -- New West Indian Guide

"Thanks to Schomburg and to works like Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés's Diasporic Blackness, we know the richness, brilliance, necessity and gravity of black narratives in places like the Caribbean, from where lots of the music we Latinxs know and love is rooted." -- Billboard

"Essential." -- CHOICE

"...Valdés's book represents a valuable contribution to the study of the life and work of Schomburg and the history of Puerto Ricans and African-Americans of his moment." -- Centro Voices