AAAS Professor Alejandro de la Fuente will speak at Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of History on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 4:00pm-6:00pm (Eastern). AAAS Professor de la Fuente will discuss the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery. The discussion will center on three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - and how the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. For information on how to attend the virtual event visit VCU's website.