The Department of African American Studies initiated the process to rename its building, formerly Harrison House, in January 2020. (University Marketing)

Gabriel’s House: African American Studies building renamed in honor of leader of planned slave revolt

March 22, 2022

‘We honor Gabriel for his courage in pursuing the unfinished work of Black liberation, and as a true hero of Virginia.’

a group of Black students studying outside on the grass

New course on race and racism launches

Jan. 26, 2022

The course was developed by the VCU Committee on Racial Equity (CORE), which was founded by African American Studies chair Mignonne Guy, Ph.D.

Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D.

Professor to serve on FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Jan. 5, 2022

Mignonne Guy’s research focuses on factors that contribute to health inequities among minority populations and other marginalized groups.

Winfred Walker. “It is important to understand that you have the power to choose your own path in life.” (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Class of 2021: Winfred Walker is an advocate for racial equity at VCU and better representation in comics

Dec. 7, 2021

The College of Humanities and Sciences student aims to help create a more racially just society through his work in the community and his research.

VPM+ICA Community Media Center, is a free forum for community storytelling, offering podcasting workshops, training sessions and presentations for the next generation of media producers. (Courtesy of the Institute for Contemporary Art)

‘There’s a story only you can tell’: Step inside the new VPM + ICA Community Media Center

Nov. 5, 2021

The center, which is opening its physical doors for the first time, is a forum for community storytelling, and a way to find new voices that we need to hear.

Chioke I’Anson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies in VCU's College of Humanities and Sciences, and the ICA's director of community media. (Courtesy ICA)

Institute for Contemporary Art to host grand opening, tours of new media center on Nov. 5 and 6

Oct. 25, 2021

The opening of the VPM + ICA Community Media Center will also feature an event, “Listen for the Hook: Perfecting the First Five Minutes of Your Podcast” with Saidu Tejan-Thomas, host of the “Resistance” podcast.

Grace Gipson

Grace Gipson elected secretary of AAIHS executive board

Sept. 2, 2021

Gipson's two-year term will begin in January 2022.

Vivian Dzokoto

Vivian Dzokoto, Ph.D. publishes paper on spirituality

Aug. 27, 2021

The paper, titled "Sensing the presence of gods and spirits across cultures and faiths," explores the subject of sensory experiences and spirituality.

Grace Gipson

Gipson presents "Juneteenth: Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters."

June 17, 2021

The talk was presented by the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta.

Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon's work on The JXN Project is unearthing under-told truths about Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood and the pivotal role it plays in the evolution of the Black American experience. (Keshia Eugene)

Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon’s JXN Project is an effort to tell Black Richmond stories ‘truthfully and completely’

June 16, 2021

Their work, which celebrates 150 years of history in Jackson Ward, is capturing the neighborhood's pivotal role in the evolution of the Black American experience.