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Teaching Hayti: The Wakanda of the Western Hemisphere

Hayti: The Wakanda of the Western Hemisphere

The Marvel movie, “Black Panther,” was a huge success. It became the first superhero movie to be nominated as “Best Movie of the Year” at the Academy Awards. The movie takes place in an imaginary African kingdom called Wakanda. The ruler of this kingdom is Black Panther. He is also called T’Challa.\n\nIn the movie, people live in Wakanda to avoid the bad treatment that native people were getting in the rest of Africa and around the world. Europeans had taken over the other African nations and made slaves out of the people, but many people who watch the movie don’t know that the make-believe world of Wakanda is based on a true place. It was called the Kingdom of Hayti. It was a real-l

Marlene Daut, Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies, University of Virginia
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