Chocolate Cities: The Black Map

of American Life

featuring an evening with the authors

Marcus Anthony Hunter 
Zandria F. Robinson

and conversation with speakers 
Scot Brown, Alma Burrell, Lynnée Denise, and Frankie “Kash” Waddy

Please join us May 9th, 2018 at the California African American Museum at 6:00 PM to honor and engage in conversation with authors Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria Robinson on their new book Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life. 
This event will encompass an engaging conversation with the authors, amongst other speakers such as Scot Brown, Alma Burrell, Lynnée Denise, and Frankie “Kash” Waddy.


From Central District Seattle to Harlem to Holly Springs, Black people have built a dynamic network of cities and towns where Black culture is maintained, created, and defended. But imagine—what if current maps of Black life are wrong? “Chocolate Cities” offers a refreshing and persuasive rendering of the United States—a “Black map” that more accurately reflects the lived experiences and the future of Black life in America. Drawing on film, fiction, music, and oral history, Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson trace the Black American experience of race, place, and liberation, mapping it from Emancipation to now. As the United States moves toward a majority minority society, “Chocolate Cities” provides a provocative, broad, and necessary assessment of how racial and ethnic minorities make and change America’s social, economic, and political landscape.

“Black is a galaxy. Black is a planet. Black is an ocean. Black is a map. Black is a country. Black is a city. Black is a village. And its future is wrapped in chocolate.”
– Chocolate Cities, 2017

Have questions about Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life? Contact UCLA Department of African American Studies