Harvard-Based Journal on Africa and the Diaspora Is Printed Once Again in Africa

The journal Transition was founded in 1961 in Kampala, Uganda, and became an important voice of Black intellectual thought as the continent transitioned from colonial rule to independence.

For the past quarter century, Transition has been housed at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. During this time, most subscribers to the journal have been in the United States.

Now for the first time since the early 1970s, copies of the journal have been printed in Kenya and distributed throughout Africa. This was made possible by a partnership of Transition and Jalada, a pan-African writers’ collective based in Nairobi.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, director of the Hutchins Center, and published of Transition, stated that “the partnership and the opportunity to print in Kenya mark an exciting and historic moment to celebrate the magazine in the region where it was conceived and made such an important intellectual contribution to post-independence Africa.”


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