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.

Tuesday, February 12: Once Upon a Shrine: Stories from an Unusual Field Site

As part of a multi-country project exploring spiritual experiences in different religions and cultures, Dr. Vivian Dzokoto, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, interviewed traditional priests at the shrines of African deities in rural Ghana during the summer of 2017. This talk is a reflection on what she observed there.

Tuesday, February 12
2:00 PM
Henrico County Fairfield Library
Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries.

Tuesday, February 12: Pop Culture vs. the “Olympics of Oppression": Slavery and the Holocaust as one
American Horror Story

Join Dr. Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, as she gives a lecture on Black and Jewish tragedy and trauma as imagined by TV’s Most Popular Horror Series, American Horror Story.

Tuesday, February 12
6-7:30 PM
University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I & II
Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the School of World Studies' Judaic Studies program.


Tuesday, February 26: VMFA 2018 National African American Read-In featuring Dr. Chioke I’ Anson

Celebrate Black History Month! As a part of the 28th annual National African American Read-In, leaders from the community share African and African American literature related to works in the permanent collection.

Thursday, February 22
4-7:00 PM
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Tuesday, February 26: Dr. Molefi Kete Asante: Classical African Civilizations

Come hear Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, give a lecture on Classical African Civilizations.

Tuesday, February 26
7-9:00 PM
Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107
Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies.