Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen
Presented by Linda Heywood
This lecture is free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.
Lecture begins at 7:00 PM
Queen Njinga of Angola was one of the great rulers of the 17th century, a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess. This lecture will explore the political and religious dimensions of Queen Njinga’s life, as she dealt with Portuguese governors, the Dutch West India Company, and European missionaries. We’ll also take a look at Njinga’s legacy in the United States and how some Afro-American writers and artists have presented the story of Queen Njinga to readers and theater-going audiences.Buy Tickets Online
Linda Heywood is a professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. She is the author of several books on African history and has served as a consultant for museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and The Mariners’ Museum. She is currently a consultant to Henry Louis Gates’ new PBS series African Civilizations.