The Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture

10 April 2017 at 5:30pm in the

The Sir Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts

Elsa Goveii Memorial Lectures

The 34th Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture

Pine and Palm: The Geography of the Black Struggle in 1960s North America 

The Department of History and Archaeology hosted the 34th Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture on 10 April 2018 at the Sir Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Art.

The lecture titled, “Pine and Palm: The Geography of the Black Struggle in 1960s North America” was delivered by Professor Brenda Gayle Plummer, Department of History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She discussed the synchronous history of black revolt in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean suggests the usefulness of looking at a North American, rather than a nationally specific, black freedom struggle.  We can map this onto the narrative of continuous exchange within the Americas, textured by the experiences of slavery, migration, and imperialism.


The annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture, first held at Mona in 1984, honours the memory of the distinguished West Indian Historian, Elsa Vesta Goveia (1925-1980). Born in British Guiana, Elsa Goveia took her PhD in History at University College, London. In 1950 she joined the Department of History, the University College of the West Indies, Mona as Lecturer in History, and in 1961 was promoted to the rank of Professor of West Indian History at the age of 36 years. With that promotion she became the first female Professor in the University of the West Indies, and at her death in 1980, was the longest serving West Indian Professor. Her major published works include the influential A Study of the Historiography of the British West Indies to the End of the Nineteenth Century (1957), and Slave Society in the British Leeward Islands at the End of the Eighteenth Century (1965).

The Elsa Goveia Memorial Lectures are regularly published and can be purchased in the office of the Department of History and Archaeology, The UWI, Mona Campus.

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