Weaver, Harold D. (interviewee)
Interview with Harold D. Weaver, scholar of USSR-Black-world relations; African students in the USSR; the Cold War; transnational cultural relations; African Americans in the Soviet Union; and the lives of prominent artist-activists Paul Robeson and Ousmane Semben. Raised in a family of educators affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and educated at the Westtown School, Haverford College, and UMass Amherst, Weaver has devoted his scholarly life to a range of projects in transnational cultural relations and cross-cultural communication. The Founding Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University and an Alumnus Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, he is author (with Paul Kriese and Steven W. Angell) of Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights (2011), among other works. Weaver, a convinced Friend, is also founder of the Black Quaker Project and the Quakers of Color International Archive. In this interview, Weaver discusses his upbringing, the impact of his education at the Westtown School and Haverford; his work with Quaker organizations; and the impact of Quaker belief, practice, and community.