Books and Journals

Congo Love Song is the product of wide-ranging remarkable scholarship and original interpretation that address the international engagements of African Americans in new and thought-provoking ways.”–Brenda Gayle Plummer, The Black Scholar

“The book’s primary concern is to trace multiple routes of political engagement by African Americans . . . as being central to the making of modern black political culture. It meets this aim admirably.”–Choice

“In this clearly argued and impressively researched book, Ira Dworkin offers an interdisciplinary look at how the colonialized Congo became a site of African American anti-imperialist protest during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An important and original study.”–Bill Mullen, Purdue University

“Insightful and authoritative,Congo Love Song is sure to reshape how we think about Black internationalism and African American engagement with Africa. A deeply researched and revelatory work.”–Alex Lubin, author of Geographies of Liberation

“This prodigiously researched, magisterial work surveys the depth and extent of African American engagements with the Congo through activism, literature, visual art, and material culture, all crucially framed by the era of colonialism.  Shedding new light on such figures as George Washington Williams, Pauline Hopkins, William Sheppard, and Malcolm X, Congo Love Song shows that global routes of anticolonial struggle shaped African Americans’ identifications with Africa.”–Kevin K. Gaines, Cornell University