IMMIGRATION AND DIASPORA NARRATIVES: AFRICANA/BLACK VOICES IN THE DENVER METROPOLIS
Denver, Colorado, is currently the 23rd largest city in the USA. Fondly known as the “Mile High City,” it is justly famous for the great outdoors as well as the Denver International Airport (the second largest in the world). Denver metropolis has an ethnic population that is 75.7% white, 22.2% Hispanic, 5% black, 4% Asian, and 0.5% Native American. Both the distinct ethnic cultures and the interaction between different groups (including the stories that they have to tell) give the Denver metropolis its remarkable character. The aim of the “Denver Africana” project is to gather the views of one of these groups (Africans and African Americans in the Denver metropolis) on their experiences, challenges, and expectations or projections as immigrants (if they are) and/or Denver residents. Read together, these immigration and diaspora narratives could contribute to a real understanding of the scope and the possibilities for synergy provided by African immigration and the African American presence in the Denver metropolis.
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Note: The interviews were conducted in 2016, and some details (including biographical information) may have changed.