Fall Lecture Series Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen

100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • FREE for members; $5.00 for guests: $$0-$5

Presented by Linda Heywood Queen Njinga of Angola was one of the great rulers of the 17th century, a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess. This lecture will explore the political and religious dimensions of Queen Njinga’s life, as she dealt with Portuguese governors, the Dutch West India Company, and European missionaries. We’ll also take a look at Njinga’s legacy in the United States, and how some Afro-American writers and artists have presented the story of Queen Njinga to readers and theater-going audiences. Linda Heywood is a professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. She is the author of several books on African history, and has served as a consultant for museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and The Mariners’ Museum. She is currently a consultant to Henry Louis Gates’ new