Endeavors: “Civil Rights or Human Rights?: An African American Activist in Canada, 1950-1967”

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:15am
African American Studies Dept. See map
81 Wall St., Room 201

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is a doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Yale University, where he holds the Felix G. Evangelist, Douglass R. Bomeisler, and Falk Foundation Fellowships.

His dissertation, which is tentatively entitled “From the North Star to the Black Star: African North Americans and the Search for a Homeland in Canada, 1919 to 1985,” uncovers and examines the cross-border migrations and human and civil rights activism of African-descended peoples, and the counter-subversion tactics that the Canadian and U.S. security and intelligence apparatus deployed to undermine black citizenship.

Wendell is a Trudeau Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow. He has over ten years of experience working in youth gang intervention, community development, and education policy in Canada—as well as championing access to quality education for impoverished students, and promoting peace-building and inter-ethnic dialogue in sub-Saharan Africa. Wendell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. He is a Visiting Scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto) for the 2016-17 academic year.

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