Black History Month 2019
January 31, 2019
Throughout February, join us in celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events that are either sponsored by the African American Studies department or that feature our faculty members.
Event: Second book signing with Bol Gai Deng scheduled for December 6
November 30, 2018
On Thursday, December 6, the Department of African American Studies presents a second talk and book signing by Bol Gai Deng at 7:00 PM in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the University Student Commons.
EVENT: Bol Gai Deng: Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter (Talk and Book Signing)
October 22, 2018
On Friday, October 26, the Department of African American Studies presents a talk and book signing by Bol Gai Deng. Deng, who arrived in the US nearly 20 years ago as a Sudanese refugee, is now a VCU alumnus and is running for president of South Sudan. He will be discussing his story and his book Bol Gai Deng: Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter, which he wrote with Andrea McDaniel.
EVENT: "Dark Girls" Screening and Panel Discussion
September 28, 2018
On Saturday, October 13, the Department of African American Studies will present a screening of the documentary Dark Girls, followed by a panel discussion.
Black History in the Making 2018
March 23, 2018
On February 28, the Department of African American Studies honored the 46 recipients of the 2018 Black History in the Making Award.
Panel Discusses Black Panther Movie
March 22, 2018
On Monday, March 19, the Department of African American Studies hosted a panel discussion on the hit Marvel superhero movie Black Panther.
AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at FDA Conference
February 13, 2018
In Fall 2017, Kellie Green, a research assistant in Dr. Mignonne Guy's lab, presented research at the annual Grantee Meeting held by the National Institute of Health’s Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS).
AFAM Students Visit Capitol to Support Bill
February 9, 2018
Students taking taking Dr. Mignonne Guy's AFAM 499 course visited the Virginia State Capitol to a support bill that would provide funding for Historic African American Cemeteries.
AFAM Celebrates Grads at Spring Diploma Ceremony
June 2, 2017
The AFAM/GSWS Diploma Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 13.
Artist Shawn Theodore Shares Insight, Advice
April 24, 2017
On Wednesday, April 12, the Department of African American Studies hosted Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist Shawn Theodore. Theodore’s visit and talk were part of the department’s spring lecture series, titled “The Black Artist in Perspective.” In between meeting with students and giving a talk at the Depot, Theodore sat down with African American Studies instructor Chioke I’Anson, PhD to discuss his career, his thoughts on what it means to be a black artist, and his advice to students and prospective artists.
Event: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore
April 4, 2017
As part of its Spring Lecture Series, African American Studies presents a talk by Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Theodore on April 12.
Panel Will Explore Legacy of the Black Panther Party
March 30, 2017
On Tuesday, April 11, the Department of African American Studies will sponsor a panel discussion with three former members of the Black Panther Party to explore the lessons and legacy of the group's mission.
Black History in the Making 2017
March 10, 2017
The Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making ceremony on February 15, 2017.
The Black History in the Making award is given each February to exemplary students who have made an impression in their departments.
Two Events Offer Opportunities for Students to Learn More about Majoring or Minoring in AFAM
February 8, 2017
Interested in learning more about the Department of African American Studies? Join us next week at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week Networking Fair and the VCU Spring Open House in African American Studies
Spring Lecture Series 2017: Aniekan Udofia
February 2, 2017
AFAM kicks off its Spring Lecture Series with a February 8 talk titled The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia.
Black History Month 2017
January 23, 2017
This February, celebrate Black History Month with events and programming from the Department of African American Studies and other VCU departments.
Chioke I'Anson is Named Voice of NPR
January 17, 2017
AFAM instructor Chioke I'Anson recently became one of the newest voices of NPR, lending his voice to sponsor credits.
Work by AFAM Professor and Students Leads to New Tobacco Prevention Program
January 10, 2017
Tobacco prevention research conducted by Aashir Nasim, PhD has resulted in a new teaching module aimed at young people.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Comes to VCU
October 4, 2016
Dr. Mignonne Guy had an opportunity to meet Rev. Jesse Jackson during his recent visit to Virginia Commonwealth University.
AFAM Welcomes New Interim Chair
September 9, 2016
Dr. Shawn O. Utsey has been named the new interim Chair of African American Studies
AFAM Welcomes New Students
August 22, 2016
The Department of African American Studies welcomes both new and returning students for the Fall 2016 semester. Are you thinking of majoring or minoring in African American Studies? Click here to find out more.
AFAM Offers Counseling, Safe Space in Light of Recent Events
July 13, 2016
In light of recent events that have occurred nationally, specifically the murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the five Dallas Police Officers, the Department of African American Studies at VCU is providing opportunities for members of the VCU and greater Richmond community to process their thoughts and feelings in a safe space and supportive environment.
Two Sections of AFAM 211 Offered Over Summer
May 12, 2016
Looking for a summer class? AFAM is offering two sections of AFAM 211: Africana Social and Political Thought.
Taquara Rashida Felix Crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands
April 26, 2016
VCU alum and former AFAM student Taquara Rashida Felix was recently crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands.
AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium
April 25, 2016
Jennifer Brooks, research assistant to Dr. Mignonne Guy, presents her research at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
AFAM Presents Global Garveyism Symposium
April 20, 2016
The Department of African American Studies is proud to invite the VCU community to attend the Global Garveyism Symposium from April 21-23.
Two for One
August 20, 2015
Double Major in African American Studies without paying more, without staying longer
The Freshman 15
August 20, 2014
Making good decisions about the foods you consume…and the 18 credit hours in open course electives you complete.
Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here…
August 20, 2014
Record student enrollment for African American Studies in 2014-2015
We Transform Lives, Yours Too
August 20, 2014
Our professors are committed to providing high quality academic experiences for students.
Henry ‘Box’ Brown: At the Intersection of Two Peculiar Institutions
February 23, 2014
Many have heard the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a Richmond slave from the early 1800s. Brown is known for his ingenious yet risky method of escape from slavery. In March of 1849 two men nailed Henry into a box that was only three feet long, two feet high and two feet wide with three tiny holes for air.
Double Up Campaign - McKayla & Mckenzie Stokes
February 24, 2014
Good things come in pairs. Shampoo and Conditioner. Double bacon cheeseburgers. Chopsticks. Double Majors in African American Studies.
Precious Lewis- Student Spotlight
February 24, 2014
Precious Lewis, a VCU senior, was awarded a research fellowship at Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program. With three majors--African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and History--this ambitious VCU student sought an applied summer research experience that complemented the conceptual and theoretical perspectives discussed in her African American Studies courses during the academic year.
African American Studies Enhances, Restructures its Undergraduate Curriculum
February 25, 2014
During a January 2014 meeting, VCU’s University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) approved new degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in African American Studies. Not since the program’s inception in 1971, and its approval as a degree-granting program in 2003, has the undergraduate curriculum been enhanced significantly to reflect major advances in the field.
AAAC Reunion: Inaugural Distinguished Scholars Reception and Lecture Series
February 23, 2014
When: Friday, April 11 - 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture
Where: Academic Learning Commons, first floor, 1000 Floyd Ave.
Cost: No charge
Congratulations Graduates!!! We Are The First 50!
February 10, 2014
In April 2003, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) approved VCU’s Department of African American Studies as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. It was the first stand-alone major in African American Studies in the Commonwealth.
Academic Success Office: Helping AFAM students create pathways to excellence
October 21, 2014
Since fall 2014, the newly established Academic Success Office (ASO) in the Department of African American Studies has assisted dozens of AFAM students with their course planning, study abroad programs; and careers and graduate school.
$20 Million in Research Funding Boosts African American Studies
February 21, 2014
African American Studies faculty, Drs. Aashir Nasim and Mignonne Guy, are investigators on federal and foundation research grants totaling over $20 million.
New Spring 2015 course in African American Studies Ferguson, USA: Race and criminal justice in historical perspective
December 3, 2013
On August 9, 2014, an eighteen-year-old black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson during an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri, a majority-black suburb of St. Louis.