Grace Gipson, PhD sits in her office reading a book.

New curated Instagram account focuses on depictions of Black girls and women in the media

Nov. 17, 2022

A team led by African American Studies Professor Grace D. Gipson, PhD has launched Black Girl Magic in Media (@blackgirlmagicinmedia), an Instagram account described as a "curated site that shows the vast, creative representations of Black girls and women in media."

A student receiving an award and embracing the presenter.

VCU community comes together to celebrate Black History in the Making recipients

April 8, 2022

Every year, departments and units across VCU are invited to select exceptional Black studies for the award.

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

Grace Gipson elected secretary of AAIHS executive board

Sept. 2, 2021

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

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.

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.

crowd of graduates in commencement regalia

May 2021 Graduation

May 15, 2021

The Department of African American Studies congratulates its May 2021 graduates.

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Statement on Buffalo massacre

May 17, 2022

We stand in solidarity with the collective efforts of our local community and nationwide grassroots movements that continue the fight against acts of domestic terrorism fueled by white supremacy that now includes attacks on 13 people.