The Black Presence in Contemporary France w/Ricki Stevenson & Lewis Watts



It was another amazing and SOLD OUT event held at the Alliance Française de San Francisco on February 7, 2015!   Maison de la Culture Noire Americaine (MCNA) had the pleasure of hosting “The Black Presence in Contemporary France” a digital photo presentation and interactive dialogue with Lewis Watts and Ricki Stevenson.

The evening began with Stevenson, Paris resident and one of the leading authorities on Black Paris, who provided an informative overview of the history of Black France, highlighting notable historical figures and their monuments in the City of Light.

Watts, author of Harlem of the West and The New Orleans Suite (UC Press), followed with his vibrant collection of photos of the African Diaspora taken during recent trips to France.  The images are part of a larger project Watts is working on tentatively titled “Black Presence in France (Paris Noir)” documenting different generations of immigrants, American expatriates and the influence of African American culture while looking for connections and differences between France and other locations he has researched.

Un GRAND merci to our guest speakers Lewis Watts and Ricki Stevenson for being open to holding a second lecture when the first session sold out!  Thank you to everyone who came out to support.

We’ve got more events in store for you Maison Famille, so keep your eyes peeled!

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