ASU professor speaks on African-American pioneers of Arizona | The Daily Courier


The Prescott Public Library will host an Arizona Humanities lecture next week about African-American figures who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona.

It will be given by Dr. Akua Duku Anokye, Arizona State University Associate Professor of Africana Language, Literature and Culture and Director of International Initiatives in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She started researching the topic shortly after coming to Arizona having grown up in Pontiac, Michigan, as well as living in Washington, D.C., New York and Toledo.

“In all of those places, there were prominent African-Americans historically and even currently,” Anokye said. “When I came to Arizona, I didn’t see that.”

However, Anokye said she soon realized there was a…

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