African American Studies Activities and Events

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See below for information about upcoming events sponored by our department, as well as information about organizations, clubs, and networking opportunities throughout VCU that are relevant to our department's mission.

April 7: Sonic Boom! A talk featuring Dr. Christine Darden, retired mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer who worked with NASA. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, African American Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. 4:15 PM in room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons.

April 11: Black Panther Panel: Legacy and Lessons. To explore the lessons and legacies of the Black Panther Party, VCU’s Department of African American Studies has invited three former members of the Party to campus to engage in a discussion with members of the VCU and broader Richmond community. 7:30 PM, the Depot (814 West Broad Street).

April 12: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore. Talk by multidisciplinary artist Shawn Theodore. 4:00-6:00 PM, the Depot (814 West Broad Street).

April 15 and 22: Screenings of O.J.: Made in America at the Grace Street Theatre from 12:00 - 4:30 PM. There will be a Q&A with the director after the April 22 screening. Free tickets are available at the box office and on

April 18: Get Out: A Panel on the Horror of Racism. A discussion on horror, representation, race, and think pieces inspired by the recent hit horror film Get Out. 1:15 - 3:00 PM in the Depot (814 West Broad Street).

Black Education Association: An organization devoted to advocacy, community engagement, and professional development for black educators and administrators.