Celeste Day Moore

An essay by Assistant Professor of History Celeste Day Moore is included in the edited volume Le 1er festival mondial des arts nègres: Mémoire et Actualité (Dakar: Harmattan Senegal, 2020).

The volume, edited by Ibrahima Wane and Saliou Mbaye, focuses on the history and legacy of the First Festival of Black Arts that took place in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966. The festival brought together African and African descended people from across the world to honor and celebrate Black culture. The book features research presented at a 2016 conference organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the festival.

Moore’s contribution examines the role of African-American music at the festival, arguing that its impact is best understood within the Cold War and colonial circuits that produced and distributed African-American music for Francophone listeners. 

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