African-American Studies

Georgia State Leads Effort to Submit Civil Rights Sites for World Heritage Recognition

Georgia State University has recently received a $600,000 grant from the Alabama Tourism Department to develop a serial nomination of U.S. Civil Rights sites to be submitted to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.

“We’re creating a list of what are the most significant sites that tell the story of… more »

African-American Studies to Host Lecture Featuring Black Lives Matter Founding Organizer

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2016, Dr. Melina Abdullah, founding organizer of the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, is coming to Atlanta for a community discussion on the origins and social phenomenon of BLM. 

The lecture, hosted by the Department of African-American Studies, the Black Student Alliance,… more »

Student Organization Hosts Viewing of Rosenwald

Please join Georgia State University’s Great MINDS Society for a viewing and discussion of the documentary film, Rosenwald. The Rosenwald viewing will take place Tuesday, June 14th at 5 p.m. in the Speaker’s Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. 

The documentary tells the story of Julius Rosenwald’s commitment to creating… more »

AAS Professors’ Graduation Robes Bring Diversity to Commencement Exercises

In a sea of black Georgia State University robes at this weekend’s commencement exercises, you’ll find two robes visibly different from the others: African-American Studies’ (AAS) Akinyele Umoja and Makungu Ankinyela’s Ghanaian-inspired robes. 

The robes are not just a fashion statement but also a cultural statement.

“We say at Georgia State that we strive… more »

Bringing W.E.B. Dubois Back to 21st Century Atlanta – Mini Symposium

An upcoming symposium will explore the life and work W.E.B. Dubois and the current state of civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Georgia State University’s Collaboratory, an interdisciplinary research initiative that fosters partnerships between local as well as global community-based organizations and faculty, in collaboration with Georgia State’s Sociology and African American… more »

Center for Civil and Human Rights Features After Malcolm Project Exhibit for Black History Month

The After Malcolm Project is adding the history of American black Muslim life to the civil rights narrative told at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The project’s digital archive will be on display at the center throughout the month of February.

“The After Malcolm Exhibit is important in adding to the complete story… more »

Ph.D. Student Honored for African American History Research

History Ph.D. student Kenja McCray was recently selected to receive the Association of Black Women Historians’ Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Award for her dissertation chapter, “Education Didn’t Mean Having a Degree: It Meant Serving All of Humanity.” She received the award at the Centennial Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life… more »

History Professor Recognized as an African American Women’s History Trailblazer

Jacqueline Rouse, the first African American professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ History Department, was recently honored at Michigan State University’s “Cross-Generational Dialogues in Black Women’s History” (BWHxG), a comparative black history symposium.

BWHxG’s primary goal is to recognize the evolution of black women’s history in the United States and to honor the scholars… more »

The After Malcolm Project tells the story untold

When we think of the Atlanta civil rights narrative, we often think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But the African-American Muslim community also played a significant role in the city’s journey to racial freedom and justice.

Religious Studies professor Abbas Barzegar along with his co-director, Morehouse College Sociology… more »