Tiya Miles (All That She Carried) on African American history through the eyes of the women who lived it (uitgesteld)

15 februari 2024

Kom naar het Bijlmer Parktheater (John Adams Institute), donderdag 15 februari om 20.00 voor Tiya Miles (All That She Carried) over Afrikaans-Amerikaanse geschiedenis door de ogen van de mensen die die doorleefden. Dit evenement is uitgesteld.


“In a display case in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture sits a rough cotton bag. “Ashley’s Sack” is embroidered with a handful of words that evoke a sweeping family story of loss and love passed down through the generations.”

In South Carolina in the 1850s, an enslaved woman named Rose gives a simple cotton bag to her daughter Ashley. Ashley is about to be separated from her mother, sold as chattel to the highest bidder. The bag contains all her worldly possessions, and precious reminders about her family.

From Harvard historian and author Tiya Miles comes the National Book Award winner All That She Carried. Blending first-class historical research and literary creativity, Miles traces Ashley’s Sack through the ages, and with it, the story of a Black family during slavery, and of a people and a nation. She not only delves into the historical archive, but also imagines the journey of Ashley’s Sack until the point where the trail runs cold. In this way, Miles highlights an important story that is too often lost in traditional historical accounts.

The result is a powerful narrative where Ashley’s Sack becomes more than an object alone: it is transformed into an embodied memoir of Black women travelling from slavery to freedom, from South to North, carrying relics and hopes as they seek new lives.

Join us as we look deep into African American history through the eyes of one family and ask questions about the importance of storytelling and resilience to set the historical record straight.

Tiya Miles is the Michael Garvey Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University and a recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’. She is both an historian and creative writer whose work explores the intersections of African American, Native American and women’s histories in the context of place.

Moderator: Jennifer Tosch
In collaboration with: Fulbright Commission the Netherlands and Singel Uitgeverijen

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