Student Spotlight

Congratulations, Class of 2021!


Kamrie Anderson

Aaron Campbell, Jr.

Talia Evans Farkas

Emily Gardin

Brooke Hoepfl

Eric Wendel Lee II

Latreese O. Lovence

Alisia Moore

Vanessa Perez

Catherine Ann Sullivan

DaQuon Wilson


Fantagbe Camara

Devon Davis

Antemil Clementine Jorkey

Qeturah Michelle Salandy

Kassie Sarkar

Alumni Spotlight

Where Are They Now?: Imani Lewis 13C

After graduation, African American Studies major Imani Lewis moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to work as a justice fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative. She left that fellowship after one year and returned to Emory for a two-year fellowship in the Business Practice Improvement (BPI) University Strategic Consulting Office, where she completed a practicum as manager of academic administration for Goizueta Business School. Afterwards, she was offered a full-time position as an instructional designer at the business school and remained there until she started working at BrightHouse, a division of Boston Consulting Group, in October 2016.

Imani graduated in May 2017 with a master of science in instructional design and technology from Georgia State. She says that her course work in African American studies prepared her well for graduate school. “During my senior year I completed an honors thesis under the advisement of Dr. Leslie Harris (now at Northwestern University), Dr. Regine Jackson (now at Agnes Scott College), and Dr. Nagueyalti Warren. Participating in the honors program required taking graduate course work, which was excellent exposure to the lifestyle of a graduate student,” she says. “Still, the bulk of my preparedness stemmed from the rigor of the African American Studies program and the classes I had been taking since my sophomore year. The interdisciplinary approach to the pedagogy enabled me to think creatively about the issues we explored in class. I learned to find relationships between seemingly disparate sources, synthesize my findings, and craft compelling and strong arguments supported by existing and emerging research. Graduate school has been a welcome challenge, and I have the African American Studies program to thank for that.”

In her role as strategist at BrightHouse, Imani works with companies to help them define their purpose. She says this work has a very academic “feel” and follows some of the same paths as conducting research. “We start with a hypothesis and then conduct research, vet sources, take robust notes, synthesize information, and engage with thought leaders from divergent fields to gather findings that lead to a purpose area,” she explains. “I love my work because I value social responsibility and corporate social responsibility—the notion that we are changing organizations, the people that comprise them, and the communities they touch is extremely gratifying. I feel very prepared for this type of work thanks to my exposure to academic excellence in the African American Studies program. I am able to hone many of the skills that I refined in the African American Studies program on a daily basis, and I excel at what I do.”

She adds, “It’s hard to believe, but I’m only [4] years out from graduation. I haven’t won any major professional awards yet—I hope those will come in time. Still, what I am most proud of so far has been my ability to secure jobs that I love and move to new ones seamlessly throughout my short career. I started college in the midst of the recession, during a time when students were encouraged to choose practicality over passion or the pursuit of knowledge. I couldn’t and cannot fathom doing something that doesn’t move me, so I always followed my heart. When I declared a major in African American studies, people asked me all the time, ‘What can you do with that?’ Given my varied professional background in the fields of law, business, higher education, and technology, I can wholeheartedly say that I can do anything. I have never been without a job since graduating, and I have surrounded myself with a robust professional network. I have my AAS degree and the skills it taught me to thank for all these successes.” 

Outside of her graduate work and professional work, Imani currently volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA). All of its members have made a commitment to serve the Atlanta community and address issues in the areas of early childhood education, diversity, human trafficking and child sex trafficking, and poverty. “Service is a large part of who I am,” Imani says. “The service of others has afforded me a multitude of opportunities, so I love to give back in hopes of helping someone else and advancing the communities in which I live.” 

Alumni Spotlight

AAS Grad Still Fighting For Social Justice

By Nathan McCall

Typically, when newly minted college graduates toss their caps in the air, most of them head home to chill for the summer. Some even take off for as much as a year of so to travel.

Not Jovonna Jones.

After graduating from Emory in May, Jones, an African American Studies major, returned to her home-place, just outside of Boston and continued doing what she had done throughout her tenure at Emory: Working to change the world, one initiative at a time.

It was Jones’ commitment to social justice issues that sent her out of her undergraduate career with a splash. “JoJo,” as she is affectionately known, was awarded the 2015 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award for her dedication to leadership.

After graduation, she took all of maybe a week to rest on her laurels. Aside from reading and spending catch-up time with family, Jones promptly began working with a nonprofit organization called the Legacy Project, which is run by Visions, Inc.

A philosophy minor, Jones worked with teenagers, ages 14 to 20.

“We taught them about social activism through the arts,” she said. “There were only three of us holding it down, but it was awesome. It was really cool learning this as I go.”

In implementing the program, Jones, who worked as a coordinator and facilitator, combined two of her passions – social activism and photography. She sent students into public places to take pictures and explore the dynamics of “street harassment.”

“Street harassment–cat-calling, police violence, attacks on Trans people, etc.–hinges on entitlement,” she said. “To harass someone on the street is to try to assert your power or claim over their body, space, time, and attention. The street is a public space. Street harassment then becomes another tactic of taking up and dominating space, particularly out of fear or just plain hatred (which, arguably, also stems from fear). Street harassment is probably one of the most common forms of normalized violence in public spaces.”

Jones said the exercises forced students in the summer program to think more consciously about how people inhabit and operate in public spaces. It forced the young people to confront issues, she said, such as: “What does the space look like so that we can figure out how to transform it. I thought this would be a cool opportunity to see what happens.”

“What’s interesting to me is that street harassment draws out the power dynamics and oppression we assume only happens in ‘private’ spaces: homes, businesses, schools, prisons, etc. Street harassment happens in so many forms and out in the open. People can’t hide from it. People can’t act like they don’t see it. And, if they really don’t see it, they have to interrogate why. If they call themselves to be anti-violent, they have to ask themselves why they don’t see the violence that happens right on the road in front of them, day and night.”

At Emory it was that kind of insight and intellectual curiosity that led members of The College of Arts and Sciences to select Jones as this year’s winner of the 2015 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award. The award grants $25,000 to a College senior who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to community outreach.

Indeed, Jones demonstrated that commitment, over-and-over in her four years as an Emory student. She worked as an intern at the Center for Women. She helped found the Black Student Union and rejuvenated the Black Student Alliance. She did all that while also researching for two fellowship programs.

Initially, upon learning that she had won the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, which came as a total surprise, Jones said she was unclear what she would do with the $25,000. She spent the summer figuring it out.

“Surprisingly, I have been able to do a lot!” she said with a chuckle.

First off, she sent her parents on a much-needed vacation – to Aruba. She said they had not been on a vacation in a full decade.

Moreover, she also invested a portion of the money, and treated herself to a new iPad.

And not surprisingly, Jones also she used a portion of the funds to help finance her penchant for social activism. When she learned that her family’s church was active in trying to win the freedom of a member’s son, a young black man who had been locked up for 22 years, JoJo donated money to help with that effort.

The man, Sean K. Ellis, was convicted in 1995 of murdering a Boston police detective. His defense lawyer spent several years collecting the evidence that recently led a judge to order a new trial. The judge issued a ruling, concluding that former Boston police commissioner William Bratton and then-Suffolk district attorney Ralph C. Martin 2d wrongly allowed three detectives to play key roles in the murder investigation.

The judge also concluded that prosecutors did not provide Ellis’s defense lawyers in the early1990s with all of the information collected by detectives, including reports detailing how a Boston police officer said another member of the force was responsible for Mulligan’s killing.

Ellis was released in June on $50,000 cash bail, which was collected by his family and supporters, such as Jones.

For Jones, the case resonated, particularly in light of BlackLivesMatter and other movements designed to shed light on inherent biases in the nation’s criminal justice system.

Jones ventured into new explorations that, she hoped, can complement her commitment to social justice. She enrolled at Georgia State University to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography.

“They happen to have a really cool program that’s able to give a lot of attention to students,” she said. “And I wanted to be in a place that is nurturing.”

She believes the location of Georgia State, in the heart of downtown Atlanta, would help provide a kind of urban laboratory for her to develop her photography skills and experience what she called “a courageous vulnerability when it comes to art.”

As well, part of her decision to attend Georgia State relates to an acquired affinity for Atlanta.

“I just like the city,” she said.

As of 2020, Jones is a PhD candidate in African & African American Studies at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Alumni Spotlight

Former Debater Makes the Case for AAS

Marcus Jerkins 06C is no stranger to obstacles and challenging times, having been born to parents who struggled to raise him. But at the age of nine, the path of his life changed drastically when he was sent to live with his grandmother. It was there, in southwest Atlanta—Adamsville—that she introduced him to the black church and helped him discover a love for God.

Intrigued by the history of the black church, Jerkins became interested in the founding documents of the Christian faith. His interest centered on how those documents were used to propagate the gospel and how the black church could use them to fight against systemic racism.

Not unlike Martin Luther King Jr. defining civil rights based on the needs of the church, Jerkins takes the same approach in utilizing the New Testament to fight racism. This is what led him to pursue a PhD in religion at Baylor University.

Jerkins learned of Emory as a sophomore at Benjamin E. Mays High School, where the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education/Urban Debate League would encourage students to participate in the National Forensic League. Jerkins initially was interested in participating in quiz bowl, but when he went to the information sessions for the Urban Debate League, he decided to sign up for the debate team. Being on the debate team stoked his passion for argument and it is where he learned about policy and law.

He first set foot on Emory’s campus to attend debate camp. After more exposure, he decided that this was the place he wanted to attend college. In order to be accepted as a student, Jerkins knew that he would need to improve his grades, and he credits his participation on the debate team as part of reason he was able to do so.

When Jerkins initially entered Emory College, he was not sure what he wanted to study but was interested in both prelaw and political science. However, after his second year at Emory, he began to transition away from the debate team and started becoming more interested in religion and African American Studies.

After taking Introduction to African American Studies, taught then by Mark Sanders, his interest
continued to grow. Although Jerkins claims his writing skills were poor and he did not do well in the class, Sanders took a special interest in him and, as Jerkins states, “helped me cultivate my talent.” Sanders pulled him aside and, according to Jerkins, stated, “I see potential in you, let’s get your writing skills up.”

To have a black professor believe in him and encourage his desire for knowledge led Jerkins to take more AAS classes. He found all of the professors in the department “to be a good cadre of advocates to help me fight and fight for myself.” He also credits Sanders for encouraging him to apply for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Emory, to which he was accepted.

In addition to taking AAS courses, Jerkins continued to pursue his interest in religion. One course shy of double majoring in AAS/religion, he completed his thesis with Dianne Stewart. In researching his thesis, Jerkins was exposed to Benjamin E. Mays’s book, The Negro’s God. From it, he began to construct his idea that scripture can provide rich resources to unseat racism.

When reflecting on how AAS contributed to his scholarly formation, Jerkins states that not only did AAS teach him discipline, it also taught him how to approach form and content. “AAS is inherently interdisciplinary—different fields of study (history, religion, literature)—that come together and form the discipline,” he says. He is now bringing all those ways of doing study (indepth interpretation, reviewing hard data, reading, and researching) to bear upon the study of the New Testament.

As it relates to content, Jerkins sees AAS as a discipline that studies a culture of people who have been underserved, mistreated, and maladjusted and then focuses on how they can be helped. The same approach should govern studying the New Testament. Jerkins has found that people who tend to study it do not see lack of privilege, a fact that concerns him, given that the writers of the New Testament were commoners and not people of privilege. AAS, in his view, has helped him have an eye toward empathy, oppression, and privilege and how best to relate and connect with people who come from differing backgrounds. AAS teaches its students to see the power and beauty of the common people and to note
that their aesthetic is just as valuable as the elite.

Although Jerkins graduated more than a decade ago, he is still remembered fondly by his former professor, Dianne Stewart. In 2016, she invited Jerkins to attend the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Annual Commencement Banquet and give the keynote address. In her opening line to introduce Jerkins, she stated, “One of the great things about life is that situations do not have to remain the same. One’s past does not always dictate one’s future. Such is the case for Marcus Jerkins.”

He would agree. Jerkins has overcome many obstacles, both personally and academically, but as he looks toward the next few years of his life, he is determined. He plans to remain heavily involved in church as a pastor/scholar and hopes to be teaching and writing. He believes that church can be a change agent to promote the values that help us remove bias in society.

If Jerkins could give a word of advice to incoming or current students at Emory, he would encourage them not to overlook the discipline. He notes, “Our own history and perspective are marginal in this society, and AAS takes what is marginal and puts it at the center.” He notes that African American history is central to America and the world and that the interdisciplinary nature of AAS will help students engage in other disciplines.

Alumni Spotlight

Postgraduate Journeys

Casidy Campbell, 16C

“African American Studies was a formative experience for me at Emory. It was an enjoyable but also most rigorous major. I developed great relationships with most—if not all—of my professors. The classes I took armed me with the necessary knowledge to combat oppression, but the major was also a haven for me. Being a Mellon Mays Fellow also helped because it definitely shaped my postgraduate trajectory. One of my favorite classes was Black Women’s Poetry, taught by Dr. Warren. In this class I was able to expand upon my love of poetry, which has been critical to my development at Emory and as a person. That class exposed me to so many black women poets and sharpened my ability to analyze poetry. Dr. Warren’s passion and connectedness to the poetry world also shone through when we got to meet key poets such as Sonia Sanchez in her class. She also helped us access the poems in ways to make sense of who we are and our experiences as black women (and men).”

In her senior year, Casidy received recognition as a Woman of Excellence through the Center for Women at Emory and was named a 100 Senior Honorary. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Jamesetta Tambah, 17C

Tambah was an AAS minor and an Oxford continue. While at Oxford, she was captain of the Dance Team that was named the Fitness & Wellness Group of the Year.  At Oxford, she also participated in the Voices of Praise gospel choir, the Black Student Alliance, the African/Caribbean Student Union, and Oxford Fellowship.  Here at Emory, she was a part of the Adrenaline hip-hop dance team, the Zuri African Dance Troupe (a part of the African Student Association), Voices of Emory, NAACP, and Brothers and Sister in Christ.  This semester, Jamesetta interned at Moving in the Spirit, a non-profit that uses dance and movement to help heal the mind and body. She was recently selected as one of the 100 Senior Honorary of the Class of 2017 and one of the Graduating Women of Excellence.

After graduation, Tambah relocated to Denver to work at CrossPurpose, a Christian non-profit working to end poverty in the Denver area. Specifically, she was selected to participate in the CrossPurpose fellowship where she will be helping youth in poverty become leaders to their peers. By the end of the program, she will receive her Master’s Degree in either non-profit management or business. 

Jaida Harris, 17C

Jaida graduated with an English and History joint major in addition to her African American Studies major. During her time at Emory, Jaida was involved with Graduation Generation and served as a TA for Vanessa Siddle Walker’s Teaching in the Urban South internship. She has received a master’s degree in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy and Policy at Georgetown University.

Alumni Spotlight

Former African American Studies Major, Now a Prosecutor

By Nathan McCall

Over the years, Jamar R. Brown had felt a trace of a calling to practice law. As much as anything else, his time as an African American Studies (AAS) major at Emory helped him take the critical steps toward heeding that call.

A 2006 Emory grad, Brown now works as a prosecutor for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. He credits his experience as an AAS major, among other influences, for helping him prepare for that role.

“African American Studies prepared me to communicate effectively,” Brown said in an email recently. “Intellectually, so much of my job is about communicating persuasively – convincing a judge or a jury to not only adopt, but also champion, my position. Through the extensive writing required as an African American Studies major I learned how to articulate a complex idea simply and make a logical, cogent argument.”

Brown’s interest in law was first sparked at Loyola Prep in Shreveport, La., where he was born. In his high school senior year, he enrolled in a law class taught by the school’s board chairman, who was a former prosecutor.

“That was my first real exposure to courtroom advocacy,” said Brown. “I found it to be extremely engaging and rewarding.”

It didn’t hurt that Brown had a “distant relative” who was a prominent attorney. It was none other than Johnnie L. Cochran, the famed attorney known for successfully defending former football great O.J. Simpson in a 1990s celebrity murder trial that still resonates worldwide today.

“We are cousins on my maternal grandfather’s side of the family,” said Brown

By the time he entered Emory in 2002, Brown had a pretty good idea what he wanted to do. Still, he had not yet figured out how to make it happen. He eventually settled on a double major, in African American Studies and Political Science.

Through African American Studies he got a chance to serve an externship at the Georgia Capital Defenders program (GCD). GCD provided legal help to death row inmates in the state who were challenging their convictions in appellate courts.

“This opportunity became my first real exposure to the criminal justice system,” said Brown.

After graduating from Emory, Brown landed a job as a project assistant at one of Atlanta’s most prominent law firms, King & Spalding, LLP. The job exposed him to what he called “big law.” King & Spalding represents some of the country’s top businesses.

Brown later worked as an assistant paralegal in the Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender Program, Inc., in Atlanta. The public defender’s job was similar to the kind of work he had done at GCD, taking on death row clients who were appealing their convictions in federal court.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Maryland law school, where he thrived as a student. In 2010, he was a finalist in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy tournament. He emerged as a finalist in the American Association of Justice Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition in 2010 and 2011.

“I’m confident that each of these experiences were made possible — directly and indirectly — through opportunities afforded me as an African American Studies major,” said Brown. “African American Studies, my externship at GCD in particular, provided me real world exposure to the social and systemic factors and consequences at play in the administration of the criminal justice system. For example, at GCD I learned that research shows that, historically, individuals who are convicted and sentenced to die for a capital offense are disproportionately black, poor, or have an intellectual disability — or some combination thereof. My awareness, of not just this fact, but also other social and societal implications of the criminal justice system, informs my role as an administrator of our justice system and, as is my hope, makes me a better prosecutor.”

He joined the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in 2012. He has argued more than 100 cases in District and Circuit Court in Baltimore and boasts a success rate of about 70 percent.

While he has been away from Emory for several years, Brown still maintains ties to the university. He serves on Baltimore’s Chapter of the Emory Alumni Board and attended the Emory International Alumni Leadership Conference in 2013.

Although as an assistant state’s attorney he prosecutes criminal cases, Brown remains deeply concerned about structural inequities in the criminal justice system, which disproportionately affect black Americans.

“For anyone who has read and examined closely Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, it cannot be overstated that this issue is the single greatest problem facing the American criminal justice system,” he said. “I applauded Attorney General Eric Holder for making as the focal point of his administration the over-incarceration of black men through the country’s failed War on Drugs policies.

“We have to get smarter about our criminal laws and their application regarding simple possession of drugs, such that these laws don’t result in the disproportionate incarceration of blacks, when research shows us the rates of use are essentially the same among varying races. We have to stop criminalizing drug addiction and treat it for what it is — a chemical dependency. Finally, we have to provide opportunity. We know that the greatest deterrent to crime is having an opportunity that gives one an alternative to crime, and too many African Americans suffer from a lack of opportunity — both real and perceived.”


Graduating AAS Majors and Minors

Every year the Department boasts a stellar class of graduating Majors and Minors. This year we are proud to introduce just a few of our outstanding students who have achieved the Department’s mission for the Spirit of Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility.

Bailey_GeberealGebereal Baitey – Gebereal Baitey originally hails from Morristown, New Jersey. He is a current senior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he boasts a 3.7 GPA as a Sociology and African-American Studies double-major and a varsity basketball player. Gebereal is an active member of the Emory community, serving as a representative of Emory’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Black Student Alliance, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is also a recipient of an NAACP Student-Athlete Image Award, and a member of the University Athletic Association All-Academic Team, as well as Emory’s Honorary Senior 100. He is currently writing a senior thesis concerning the hindrances to the education of African-American college athletes. Upon completing his thesis, Gebereal plans to graduate from Emory with honors in May and pursue his postgraduate studies in education.

Bradley “James” Bagans, Jr. – Bradley “James” Bagans, Jr. hails from a small town north of Detroit. While at Emory, he has worked in a neuro-oncology lab as well as in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement. He is the former president of Emory Students for Justice in Palestine, which won the NAACP Image Award during his involvement, and he has also co-led the Multi-Ethnic and -Racial Group at Emory. He has served on the exec board of a number of organizations including the Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men, Emory’s Obstacle Course Racing Team, Emory’s Rugby Club, Good Vibe Tribe, and the National Panhellenic Council as a representative of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which he proudly joined in April 2016. He will be graduating with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a double major in African American Studies, and he has also completed his pre-med requirements. After graduation, James will be seeking a Masters in Public Health, and then an MD/JD, and hopes one day to work in the Caribbean in public health and human rights advocacy to help reduce maternal mortality rates.

Bobbye Hampton – Bobbye Hampton is from Dallas, Texas and majors in African American Studies and Predictive Health. Her time at Emory has been catered toward enhancing the Black & Brown students through serving as NAACP President, EBSU Senior Staff Adminitrator, and an Emory College Social Justice Intern. Bobbye has received numerous awards at her time at Emory including 100 Senior Honorary, Graduating Women of Excellence Award, and is a Horace Tate Scholar. After graduation Bobbye will be attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Preparation Program to obtain a Master’s Degree.


Najla Jamét Phillips – Najla Jamét Phillips is originally from Los Angeles, California. Shewill be graduating from Emory as a double major in English and African American Studies. Throughout her time at Emory, she has been able to maintain a 3.5 GPA while being heavily involved on campus and off campus. When she wasn’t volunteering at various schools in the community, she was an RA, a tour guide at Oxford, a supervisor at Emory’s Telefund. She has won Volunteer of the year, Oxford College Alumni Board Scholarship, Sammy Clark Scholarship award, who’s who at Oxford, and was named a Horace Tate Scholar. After graduation, Najla will be taking her talents to Teach For America where she will be teaching secondary english to students in Metro Atlanta.

Paula Camila Quezada -Paula Quezada was born in Lima, Peru and now resides in Tamarac, Florida. She is a graduating senior in the College majoring in African American Studies and minoring in English. Throughout her time at Emory, Paula has become a dedicated to ensuring equity and inclusivity through different facets of Campus Life. Since her sophomore year, Paula has been an Intern in the Commission on Racial and Social Justice. That same year she and a peer co-founded the queer discussion group Queer, Trans*, Latinx. Paula has dabbled in Orientation Life, and finally found home in Residence Life as a Resident Advisor in the URC on Emory’s Clairmont. Paula has been recognized as a recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Award, as well as the Civic Scholars Scholarship. As a graduating senior, Paula has been celebrated in the 100 Senior Honorary, and has been recognized as a Graduating Woman of Excellence. During her gap year, she will be preparing for the GRE and applying to graduate programs in English.

Sanders_AiyannaAiyanna Sanders -Aiyanna Sanders is from Los Angeles, California and double majors in African-American Studies and Political Science. Throughout her time at Emory, Aiyanna has dedicated herself to fighting for underrepresented communities on campus and bridging the gap of access to resources within her community through her involvements as EBSU Senior Staff Administrator, the Black Pre-Law Society President, Emory’s Commission on Racial and Social Justice Intern, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s second-vice president and treasurer. Aiyanna has been a recipient of numerous awards throughout the past four year, including 100 Senior Honorary, 2019 Graduating Woman of Excellence, and is a Rudolph P. Byrd Scholar and Dr. Herman L. Reese Scholar. She is currently working on a senior honors thesis focusing on Anti-Blackness within the United States and Brazil. After graduation, Aiyanna will go on to attend Harvard Law School in the Fall.

Faith Burns -Faith Burns is an Economics major and African American Studies minor from Westchester County, New York. She is passionate about economic and public policies affecting low-income communities of color. While at Emory University, Faith lead a weekly service trip through Volunteer Emory and completed research on poverty-reduction initiatives across the country. After graduation, Faith will be working full-time for an organization that conducts public policy research and analysis, with an emphasis on economic equity in marginalized communities.


Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table – A Celebration of African American History


For years, the Department of African American Studies has been dedicated to producing and disseminating knowledge about the histories, cultures, and political movements of black communities across the United States and the wider African diaspora. Through the evolving knowledge of our faculty’s research and teaching, many students who have taken our courses have been introduced to prominent individuals in African American History that have shaped the way we think, feel, and become.

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be spotlighting some of these figures who have inspired our faculty’s research, teaching, and service to the field and the wider society. Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too”, the title of this social media celebration is “At the Table – A Celebration of African American History.

At the table seats the groundbreakers and changemakers that have made the Department of African American Studies what it is today.

Click here to view our Twitter thread on this celebration.