Darlene Westleigh


I received my associate degree in Liberals Art from Miami-Dade College and then transferred to F.I.U. where I completed my bachelor’s degree in History in 2014. During my undergraduate studies, my research interests concentrating on race, gender, and resistance not only influenced but shaped my historical exploration into graduate school. While pursuing my master’s degree in the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, my research centered around “ Slavery, Migration, and Black Female Social Activism in Nineteenth-Century California.” After graduating from A.A.D.S. in 2018, I took a gap year to travel to Africa and to participate in an internship program for the Black Archives Historical Association. In the Fall of 2019, I will embark on a new journey to pursue my Ph.D. in Atlantic History. My goal is to explore the socio-political consciousness and interrelationship among Black women in South Africa and the United States (1850-1960’s), as well as examine the ways in which ideological, religious, cultural, and social connections informed, mirrored, and shaped transnational activism. Ultimately, I aspire to teach African-American and African History on the university level or work in the field of Public History with specializations in the connection between the Black experience in the U.S and South Africa.