What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Fall 2017

Guest Editorial

Franklin W. Knight, editor in chief of the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, introduces the project in our latest guest editorial.


The editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center are proud to announce that the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography has been added to the site in its entirety. This update also includes 100 new African American National Biography entries, and 25 new Dictionary of African Biography entries.


Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography

The Dictionary features 2,079 biographies, including entries on:

  • Usain Bolt, fastest recorded human and 9 time Olympic gold medalist.
  • Agustina, an enslaved woman who became a symbol of resistance to slavery in 18th Century Colombia.
  • Maymie "Madame De Mena" Aiken, Afro-Nicaraguan organizer and journalist who was a leader of the Garvey movement in the US, the Caribbean, and Central America.
  • Dutty Boukman leader of the slave uprising in August 1791 that marked the beginning of the Haitian Revolution.

Discover the story behind the new Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography as told by Editors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight:


New Articles and Biographies

The 100 new African American National Biography entries include hip hop artist Busta Rhymes, professional football player Donovan McNabb, and singer Fontella Bass. For a full list of AANB entries, click here.

The Dictionary of African Biography has been updated with 25 new biographies, including as 15th-century prince Adhuu and Tanzanian singer Bi Kidude. For a full list of DAB entries, click here.


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