Beacon Salon – Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles

“American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World”

Proenza-Coles chronicles how black people developed and defended New World settlements, undermined slavery, and championed freedom throughout the hemisphere from the 16th century on. African-descended people contributed to every fact of American history including as explorers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, mathematicians, scientists, scholars, engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, priests, poets, presidents, and more.

About Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles
Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles holds a dual doctorate in sociology and history from the New School for Social Research. She has been a lifelong student of American culture and history in Miami, New York, Havana, and Charlottesville as well as an assistant professor of the Atlantic World/African Diaspora at Virginia State University.

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