After a 9-year journey through Tanzania, Yahya Jongintaba—formerly known as Jon Michael Spencer in a past life— has returned for a pit stop at Duke.
In 2005, Jongintaba decided to leave behind everything he owned in order to lead a nomadic life in Africa.
“I had a very nice home, a very nice car. I had a lot of art I had collected in my world travels and a library of a couple thousand books—a significant portion of which I had gotten abroad—books I could never get here,” he explained.
In fact, some of those books like Blues and Evil, Theological Music, and Protest and Praise were his own publications. From 1986 to 1987, Dr. Spencer settled at Duke as a post-doctoral scholar then spent 3 additional years as a visiting professor in the Divinity School. In his 23 years as a professor, he held positions at North Carolina Central University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, Bowling Green State and the University of South Carolina teaching topics that include but are not limited to theology, American studies, the blues and African-American studies... Read more