Tyler D. Parry

Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies
Expertise: Slavery, African American Culture, African Diaspora, African American Social Movements


Tyler D. Parry is an expert on colonization of the Americas, the African diaspora, and the historical memory of slavery in the United States. 

Parry is a historian who researches African American culture, the transatlantic slave trade throughout the Western Hemisphere, and African American resistance and social movements.

His work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and popular magazines, including the Journal of African American History, Past and Present, Journal of Southern History, American Studies, Journal of Global Slavery, History Today, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Griot's Republic, Jacobin, Black Perspectives, and The Washington Post.


  • Ph.D., Slavery; African Diaspora; Slave Marriage and Family Life, University of South Carolina
  • M.A., Slavery and African Diaspora, University of South Carolina
  • B.A., History, UNLV

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Every February, we celebrate the culture and contributions of Black people in America by attending parties and parades, shopping from Black-owned brands, and learning about Black stories through books movies, and documentaries. Since the 1600s, Black Americans have inspired several generations after undergoing tumultuous journeys and wrongfully facing injustice and racism. It's important to educate ourselves and understand the complex history of Black Americans year-round, but especially during Black History Month, when we honor their legacy as a nation.
Elise, 25, and AnDre, 28, met in 2011 when they were in high school together in San Antonio, Texas, where they still live today. Elise and AnDre have been together ever since. Their relationship was long-distance for years because AnDre went to college before Elise. They stayed together as Elise became an account executive at Texas Weddings and AnDre became a security officer. Because she works in the industry, it was important to Elise that her and AnDre's wedding felt like them instead of like every other wedding she'd ever been to or worked on.
Black Perspectives
Finding that the evidence for jumping the broom’s “origins” pointed to western Europe, I wanted to better understand how groups adopted and adapted rituals for their own communal needs, and what this suggested about its popularity in African American history. If the broomstick wedding was “forced” into enslaved communities, as some have claimed, how then is it remolded into something that many embraced over time? If it was accepted willingly in some circumstances, what does this suggest about agency and the evolution of Black culture in the antebellum era?
Ira's Everything Bagel Podcast
This week, Ira spoke with Tyler D. Parry, author of Jumping The Broom, The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual (published by UNC Press). In this academic episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Tyler talks about the historical narratives vs memories of Jumping The Broom; viewing the tradition through the paradigm of resistance; the efforts of black writers to revisit the ritual; the unifying feature of jumping the broom; the importance of the community endorsing the marriage after the couple jumped the broom; the humanity of the ceremony itself; the revival of interest in the subject in the 60’s and 70’s; the booming heritage weddings industry in the 90 that featured it; the different groups around the world who utilized the ceremony; and the surprising results about the single origin point of the ritual.

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