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Samuel T. Livingston, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program at Morehouse College. He is a native of the North Santee community of Georgetown SC, an area rich in Africana culture and history; it is this cultural community that introduced him to the depth of the African Worldview and richness of the African oral tradition through the storytelling of his grandfather, Rev. Sam Barr and other local elders. After graduating from the U. of South Carolina with a degree in Psychology, he decided to pursue his true passion: the Africa-centered studied of Africana history and culture. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Temple University in African American Studies in 1998 focusing on Africana resistance movements and their uses of the oral tradition. He combined these areas in his doctoral dissertation, which observed the philosophical influence of the Nation of Islam on Hip Hop culture.

SERVICE|
Haiti June 2017

@SamoryBa works closely with the Friends of the Congo Organization – Atlanta Chapter. He has combined his teaching and service initiatives in the #CongoCurriculum, a service learning project for Men of Morehouse College enrolled in Introduction to Africana Studies.

TEACHING|
Morehouse Graduation May 2016

Dr. Livingston’s professional passion is teaching a range of Africana Studies courses including, Introduction to Africana Studies, Black Liberation Movements, Africana Studies Theory and Systems, The Black Aesthetic of Hip Hop Culture, and African Foundations of Social Justice. He has twenty-eight years of teaching experience and has lectured and taught at several colleges and universities across the United States, Ghana and Shanghai University, People’s Republic of China. He is a proud father of three daughters and operates under the Social media handle, @SamoryBa.

RESEARCH|
Kemet August. 2019

His current research extends his concern for Black resistance movements and their organic, African origins. Dr. Livingston is the author of several articles including his most recent, “The African Freedmen of San Miguel de Gualdape: Mapping the Chicora—Lowcountry Foundations of African American History and Culture, 1520-1526.”  He is also engaged in the design and research of his home institution’s Global Africana Ethical Text Digital Mapping project, which traces African social justice thinking from its Ancient African Roots to the Black Lives Matter Movement. A related book project, subtitled, “African-centered Ethical Thought and the Foundations of Diasporic Liberation Movements” is in progress.

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