James B. Borders IV recently released a chronological history disclosing the pivotal African-American names, events and locations in Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans Since 1718 (Beckham, 2015).
“New Orleans is one of the most Africanized spaces in North America,” says Borders. “It’s a fascinating repository of black life. The history of New Orleans is filled also with moments of retrospective significance of which we all should be cognizant, especially as the city heads toward the 300th anniversary of its founding.”
Although Borders’ chronology provides readers with a look at specific events by year, he expands this history with a number of narrative gestures, offering his audience a look at more developed characters and scenes throughout time.
James B. Borders IV, a celebrated journalist, was editor of the Black Collegian magazine and the New Orleans Tribune, and was managing director of the National Black Arts Festival. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also received his master’s degree and co-founded Rites & Reason Theater, considered to be the first black-oriented dramaturgical group in the Ivy League. He lives in New Orleans.