October 13, 2020
On Monday, October 26 at 6 PM, African American Studies professor Grace Gipson, PhD will participate in a virtual panel for National Council for Black Studies Emerging Scholars Presentations. The free online event is presented in honor of Black History Month Scotland. View the event page for more information, and a link to register.
August 13, 2020
The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, are creating a media center inside the ICA for the production of audio content by VCU students, local community members and VPM professionals. African American Studies Assistant Professor Chioke I'Anson, PhD, was named the inaugural director of the center.
August 10, 2020
Q&A with Dr. Grace Gipson, who joins the Department of African American Studies as an Assistant Professor this semester.
June 3, 2020
Richmond residents have joined people from around the country in protesting violence against the Black community in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Virginia Commonwealth University student Christopher Brown has captured the protest in photographs, which are shared here with permission.
June 3, 2020
The Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University condemns the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers; the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers; the ambush and execution of Ahmaud Arbery in south Georgia; the attempted assault of Christian Cooper in Central Park; and the countless other Black people that have been rendered victims of the unrelenting terror that is white supremacy. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and pray that you find solace in your hour of grief--and know that we share in your sorrow.
April 27, 2020
The Department of African American Studies is excited to welcome a new faculty member. Grace Gipson, PhD will join the department full-time in the coming academic year.
April 27, 2020
The Department of African American Studies is committed to offering a curriculum that is relevant and engaging. In Fall 2019, the department introduced a new course to its core curriculum: AFAM 201-Theories and Foundations of Africana Studies.
April 27, 2020
Community engagement is a key value of the Department of African American Studies. Beginning in Fall 2020, students will have new opportunities to engage with the Richmond community thanks to a new internship component that will be added to the department’s core curriculum. In addition to earning course credit and building work experience, students will learn firsthand what they can do with their African American Studies degree after they graduate.
April 2, 2020
Iresha Picot (BA African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies‘07/H&S) M.Ed, LBS is a licensed behavior specialist and the Clinical Lead at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has built an incredible start to her early career—not only as a behavioral support resource for families with autistic children but also as an experienced educator, birth advocate and published author.
March 17, 2020
Resources and information to help students navigate the changes in VCU's operations due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
February 28, 2020
On the evening of Monday, February 24, the Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making award ceremony.
December 16, 2019
Mysterious deaths and illnesses associated with vaping have raised concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes. African American Studies professor Dr. Mignonne Guy, whose research is focused on tobacco use, was quoted in a recent article on the phenomenon.
December 16, 2019
The Department of History has established the Dr. Bernard Moitt Barbados Study Abroad Scholarship to provide funding to students interested in participating in Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture, the summer study abroad program Dr. Moitt has directed for over 20 years.
November 27, 2019
A November 25 ceremony on the MCV campus honored the return of ancestral remains to Richmond.
September 19, 2019
This year, African American Studies welcomes two new faculty members to the department.
June 20, 2019
African American Studies professor Mignonne Guy, PhD was recently elected president of Faculty Council, as reported by the College of Humanities and Sciences.
March 25, 2019
On Thursday, February 28, the Department of African American Studies honored the recipients of the 2019 Black History in the Making Award.
Black History in the Making was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance, the distinguished scholar of African American and Caribbean literature who served as Program Coordinator during the 1983-84 academic year. Dr. Dance established Black History in the Making to recognize the achievements of African American students.
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.
March 21, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
June 2, 2017
The AFAM/GSWS Diploma Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
February 2, 2017
AFAM kicks off its Spring Lecture Series with a February 8 talk titled The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia.
January 23, 2017
This February, celebrate Black History Month with events and programming from the Department of African American Studies and other VCU departments.
January 17, 2017
AFAM instructor Chioke I'Anson recently became one of the newest voices of NPR, lending his voice to sponsor credits.
January 10, 2017
Tobacco prevention research conducted by Aashir Nasim, PhD has resulted in a new teaching module aimed at young people.
October 4, 2016
Dr. Mignonne Guy had an opportunity to meet Rev. Jesse Jackson during his recent visit to Virginia Commonwealth University.
September 9, 2016
Dr. Shawn O. Utsey has been named the new interim Chair of African American Studies
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.
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.
May 12, 2016
Looking for a summer class? AFAM is offering two sections of AFAM 211: Africana Social and Political Thought.
April 26, 2016
VCU alum and former AFAM student Taquara Rashida Felix was recently crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands.
April 25, 2016
Jennifer Brooks, research assistant to Dr. Mignonne Guy, presents her research at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
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.
August 20, 2015
Double Major in African American Studies without paying more, without staying longer
August 20, 2014
Making good decisions about the foods you consume…and the 18 credit hours in open course electives you complete.
August 20, 2014
Record student enrollment for African American Studies in 2014-2015
August 20, 2014
Our professors are committed to providing high quality academic experiences for students.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.