The GSU Department of History is hosting a special sneak preview film screening of "Akwantu: The Journey
" on March 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Urban Life Building, Room 220.
"Akwantu: The Journey" is a film which chronicles the history of the legendary Jamaican Maroons, rebel slaves of West African origin who defeated the British and formed autonomous communities in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica. The descendants of these communities still maintain their proud heritage today. (From press release)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the Maroons, the following resources are available at the GSU Library:
- Werner Zips, Nanny’s Asafo Warriors: "The Jamaican Maroons’ African Experience" (2011)
- Kenneth M. Bilby, "True-Born Maroons" (2005)
- Werner Zips, "Black Rebels: African-Caribbean Freedom Fighters in Jamaica" (1999)
- Mavis Christine Campbell, "The Maroons of Jamaica, 1655-1796: A History of Resistance, Collaboration, and Betrayal" (1988)
- Richard Hart, "Slaves Who Abolished Slavery" (1985)
- "Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice," a database of primary sources (accessible offsite using Campus ID and password)