September 2, 2021
The Department of African American Studies is pleased to announce that Grace Gipson, PhD has been appointed secretary of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) executive board. Her two-year term will begin in January, 2022.
August 27, 2021
African American Studies Professor Vivian Dzokoto, PhD, recently publisehd a paper on which she is co-author. The paper, titled "Sensing the presence of gods and spirits across cultures and faiths," explores the subject of sensory experiences and spirituality.
August 27, 2021
On May 4 and May 6, Mignonne Guy, PhD will speak at two virtual events as part of the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Series.
June 17, 2021
Watch: Grace Gipson, PhD discusses the meaning of Juneteenth.
April 16, 2021
Chioke I'Anson, PhD combines podcasting with the rhetorical methods of great Black thinkers in this AFAM elective course.
April 5, 2021
“When Time Slows Down,” a podcast created by three Virginia Commonwealth University students that explores disruptive art through the lens of Richmond’s graffiti-covered Confederate monuments, has been named one of 10 finalists in a national podcast competition held by NPR.
March 19, 2021
The online anthology aims to reveal legacies of harm and envision new futures.
March 19, 2021
The center, which helps students and Richmonders create podcasts, is a forum for community storytelling, and a way to “find new voices that we need to hear.”
February 17, 2021
There are two events next week featuring AFAM faculty members.
December 10, 2020
Aspiring human rights lawyer Michaela Friend has achieved much in her short time at VCU and wants to help those who have been historically marginalized.
December 7, 2020
AFAM alum Matthew Toscano was recently featured in a VCU News piece about the experiences of recent graduates who have found jobs and internships during the pandemic.
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.
November 27, 2019
A November 25 ceremony on the MCV campus honored the return of ancestral remains to Richmond.
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.
March 21, 2019
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 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.
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.
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, 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 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.