Black Studies

Boston University Students Can Now Major in African American and Black Diaspora Studies

Boston University Students Can Now Major in African American and Black Diaspora Studies

Over the past several years, the number of students signing up for the African American studies minor each year at Boston University has grown from a handful to more than 40 at one point. Now beginning this fall, students at Boston University will be able to major in African American and Black diaspora studies.

UCLA Aims to Become a Leader in the Study of Hip-Hop Culture

UCLA Aims to Become a Leader in the Study of Hip-Hop Culture

The Hip Hop Initiative at UCLA will include artist residencies, community engagement programs, a book series, an oral history and digital archive project, postdoctoral fellowships, and more.

For the First Time, Students at Michigan State Can Major in African American Studies

For the First Time, Students at Michigan State Can Major in African American Studies

For students at Michigan State who choose to major in African American Studies, three concentrations are offered: Communities in Action; Creative Expression, Culture, and Performance; and Black Institutions, Sustainability, and Statecraft.

Vanderbilt University Acquires the Papers of Jazz Musician Yusef Lateef

Vanderbilt University Acquires the Papers of Jazz Musician Yusef Lateef

Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are now home to a rich collection of research materials from the life and career of Yusef A. Lateef, a Grammy-winning musician who played a pioneering role in bringing Middle Eastern and Asian sounds to American jazz.

The University of Tennessee Acquires the Personal Archives of Artist Beauford Delaney

The University of Tennessee Acquires the Personal Archives of Artist Beauford Delaney

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries has acquired the complete personal archive of internationally renowned modernist painter Beauford Delaney (1901–1979). Delaney was a member of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the leading modernist painters of his time.

New Institute at UCLA to Provide Summer Research Fellowships in Politics for HBCU Students

New Institute at UCLA to Provide Summer Research Fellowships in Politics for HBCU Students

Four undergraduate fellows from Howard University in Washington, D.C., will come to the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles this June for an immersive six-week academic research program that explores the crucial role of race, ethnicity, and politics in society.

Louisiana State University Acquires Large Collection of African American Poetry

Louisiana State University Acquires Large Collection of African American Poetry

Louisiana State University has acquired The Wyatt Houston Day Collection of Poetry by African Americans. This collection of more than 800 works includes poetry from the 18th century, the Harlem Renaissance, and later works including up to the present.

San Diego State University Decides Not to Accept the Donation of a Black Music Archive

San Diego State University Decides Not to Accept the Donation of a Black Music Archive

In 2020, alumni of San Diego State University donated their John Coltrane Memorial Black Music Archive to the university. Later the university requested $500,000 from the donors to properly handle the collection. The university has now decided not to accept the donation.

University of Chicago Creates the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

University of Chicago Creates the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

In outlining the scope of the new department, the faculty committee acknowledged that the core subjects of race, diaspora, and indigeneity are “contested concepts and categories.” Bringing them together will create new opportunities for field-defining research to advance understanding of these concepts, generate new research agendas and train a new generation of scholars.

University at Buffalo Creates the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education

University at Buffalo Creates the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education

The center, founded and directed by Black history education scholar LaGarrett King, will use research, teacher professional development, networking, and advocacy to answer the enduring question: What is Black history education?

Brandon Gamble to Head the Black Resource Center at San Diego State University

Brandon Gamble to Head the Black Resource Center at San Diego State University

Before coming to San Diego State University in 2021 as the Charles Bell Faculty Scholar, Dr. Gamble was a faculty member and dean of student success at Oakwood University in Alabama. Earlier, he was the school psychology program coordinator and instructor at California State University, Long Beach.

Oberlin College in Ohio to Establish the Center on Race and Inequality

Oberlin College in Ohio to Establish the Center on Race and Inequality

President Carmen Twillie Ambar said that “this new center will ensure that Oberlin is consistently contributing to the national conversation on race. The center will bring together academic opportunities, co-curricular experiences, career programming, mentorship, community building, and civic engagement.”

New Living and Learning Community at the University of Denver to Focus on Racial Justice

New Living and Learning Community at the University of Denver to Focus on Racial Justice

The University of Denver has established a new Living and Learning Community within the School of Engineering and Computer Science that will focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ethics in Technology. Ten first-year students are living together and taking courses together.

Hettie Williams Will Be the Next Leader of the African American Intellectual History Society

Hettie Williams Will Be the Next Leader of the African American Intellectual History Society

Dr. Williams is an associate professor of African American history in the department of history and anthropology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Her teaching and research interests include: African American intellectual history, gender in U.S. history, and race/ethnicity studies.

Pennsylvania State University Launches Its Center for Racial Justice

Pennsylvania State University Launches Its Center for Racial Justice

The new center will be dedicated to research and scholarship around racism and racial bias. It will be housed within the Social Science Research Institute, which aims to foster research addressing critical human and social problems.

University of Arkansas Little Rock Creates New Center Focusing on Racial Justice

University of Arkansas Little Rock Creates New Center Focusing on Racial Justice

The Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform’s stated mission is to advance legal equity, access to justice, and fairness in Arkansas and the region. In addition, the Center will focus on specific criminal justice research projects while offering workshops and educational events for the legal community and the community as a whole.

Indiana University Acquires the Archives of African Filmmaker Paulin Vieyra

Indiana University Acquires the Archives of African Filmmaker Paulin Vieyra

The Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive has acquired the papers of Paulin Vieyra, the first French-speaking sub-Saharan African to direct a film. Vieyra was born in 1925 in Benin and grew up in Senegal and was educated in Paris. In 1955, he directed the film Afrique sur Seine.

Black Studies at Georgia State University Transitions to Africana Studies

Black Studies at Georgia State University Transitions to Africana Studies

The department of African-American studies at Georgia State University has been renamed the department of Africana studies, reflecting a global approach to teaching and research in the department, as well as national trends in academia, according to the university.

University of Colorado Establishes the Center for African and African American Studies

University of Colorado Establishes the Center for African and African American Studies

The center will support teaching, research, and creative work on the history, culture, and struggles of people of African descent and provide a platform to build on the work of the more than 25 CU Boulder faculty members already making contributions to African and African American studies. Professor Reiland Rabaka will direct the new center.

Saint Louis University to Elevate African American Studies to Departmental Status

Saint Louis University to Elevate African American Studies to Departmental Status

In the 1970s, Saint Louis University began offering its first African-American studies classes. Now a half-century later, the African American studies program will finally become an academic department.

Africana Studies Becomes an Academic Department at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

Africana Studies Becomes an Academic Department at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

The African studies program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was established more than a half century ago. Now for the first time, it will be an academic department at the college.

Consortium of Prestigious Academic Institutions to Collaborate on SlaveVoyages.org

Consortium of Prestigious Academic Institutions to Collaborate on SlaveVoyages.org

Emory University in Atlanta will now bring in a group of partners to help it maintain and enhance its SlaveVoyages.org project. The website documents nearly 50,000 transatlantic passages of slave ships between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Stanford Moves to Establish African and African American Studies as an Academic Department

Stanford Moves to Establish African and African American Studies as an Academic Department

Persis Drell, provost at Stanford who favors the proposal, noted that it will not be until next year that the faculty who want to move to the department will develop a proposal that will be reviewed by the dean, advisory board, and, ultimately, the board of trustees, which must approve a new department.

Four Houston-Area Universities Form a Black Studies Consortium

Four Houston-Area Universities Form a Black Studies Consortium

Two historically Black educational institutions – Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University – have partnered with Rice University and the University of Houston to form the Southeastern Texas African and African American Studies Consortium.

Louisiana State University Elevates Black Studies to Departmental Status

Louisiana State University Elevates Black Studies to Departmental Status

A decades-long movement at the university to create an independent Black studies department regained steam over the summer amid the resurgence of civil rights protests across the country.

University of North Florida to Offer a Major in Africana Studies

University of North Florida to Offer a Major in Africana Studies

The new Africana studies program will be a interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will be able to choose from concentrations including history, arts and culture, gender and sexuality, health, education as well as race and the environment.

Utica College in New York to Debut an Africana Studies Program

Utica College in New York to Debut an Africana Studies Program

The program has been developed to provide many perspectives and address four pillars of education, including Africa and sub-Saharan Africa; African diaspora in the United States; North Africa and Islamic histories in Africa; and Afro-Latinx experiences.

The New Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas

The New Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas

Caree A. Banton is an associate professor of African diaspora history, who is jointly appointed in the department of history and the African American studies program. She teaches classes in Afro-Caribbean history, African diaspora history, and race. She joined the faculty at the university in 2013.

California State University, Fullerton Establishes the  Institute for Black Intellectual Innovation

California State University, Fullerton Establishes the Institute for Black Intellectual Innovation

A primary goal during the first five years is to support the recruitment and retention of high-quality and diverse faculty and staff. The institute aims to develop a regional journal that centers on issues related to history, arts, culture, and contemporary affairs of Black people in California.

New Black Women's Leadership Program Launched at Alverno College In Milwaukee

New Black Women’s Leadership Program Launched at Alverno College In Milwaukee

The Thea Bowman Institute for Excellence and Leadership, a program designed to serve Black women through academic leadership programming. The institute is named for a Franciscan, Catholic sister, teacher, and scholar educated in Wisconsin who made significant contributions to the church’s ministry to Blacks.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Revamps Its Black Studies Offerings

University of Missouri-Kansas City Revamps Its Black Studies Offerings

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced it is combining its Black studies, Latin American studies, and women’s studies programs into a new academic department: The new Race, Ethnic, and Gender/Sexuality department.

University of Maryland Names Women's Studies Department After Harriet Tubman

University of Maryland Names Women’s Studies Department After Harriet Tubman

This is the first time that an academic department at the University of Maryland will be named after someone honorifically. The women’s studies department is the only one in the country that offers a Black women’s studies minor.

University of Oregon Now Offering a Minor Degree Program in Black Studies

University of Oregon Now Offering a Minor Degree Program in Black Studies

Students minoring in Black studies will take 24 credits. The only required course in the minor is an introductory course with a focus on either African American studies or the African Diaspora.

Virginia State University Offering a New Course on HBCU History

Virginia State University Offering a New Course on HBCU History

Virginia State University is now offering what could be the nation’s first higher education course in the history of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is the first semester that the course is being offered. It quickly filled to capacity.

Harvard University Gallery Creating a Living Archive of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Harvard University Gallery Creating a Living Archive of the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art is collecting protest posters, circulated artist zines, informational pamphlets, and any other printed media/functional artwork relating to the movement.

University of Kentucky Creates the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies

University of Kentucky Creates the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies

The interdisciplinary institute will promote the university’s research and scholarship on topics of importance in African history and African American history, such as slavery and the quest for freedom, racial discrimination and violence, and the long struggle for civil rights.