B. Afeni McNeely Cobham

2012 Corn Mother Honoree


B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a native of Brooklyn, is the creator-curator of the Sankofa Lecture Series, an annual conference that explores the significance of Hip Hop in relationship to cultural literacy, identity formation, and as a tool for innovative and effective teaching practices. She was formerly assistant professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She taught the first course dedicated to Hip-Hop culture at Denver University and Metro State. Her work has been published in the New Directions for Student Services book, Responding to the Realities of Race on Campus (2007), and in the book Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion (1996). She earned a B.A. in Mass Communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She later obtained a Master of Education in Student Personnel and Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and in 2003, earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana University. 



Let not woes of old enslave you anew. *
— Nydia Ecury, Curaçaon poet

A portion of a quote written on a wall at the museum of Kurá Holanda, in memory of the slave trade of Africans at the slave-holding yard in the Otrabanda district of the Vuraçaon capital of Willemstad.

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