On Monday, September 12, 2022, historian and writer Alaina Roberts will introduce the Reconstruction era connections between Black freedom and Native American citizenship in the context of westward expansion onto Native land.
Alaina Roberts, the author of I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land, is an award-winning historian who studies the intersection of Black and Native American life from the Civil War to the modern day. She is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. She writes, teaches, and presents about Black and Native history in the West, family history, slavery in the Five Tribes (the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Indian Nations), Native American enrollment politics, and Indigeneity in North America and across the globe.
Roberts will be in conversation with Rethinking Schools editor and high school teacher Jesse Hagopian and Cierra Kaler-Jones, a social justice educator and director of storytelling at the Communities for Just Schools Fund.