Africana Studies

Africana Studies is dedicated to developing expertise and knowledge of the African Diaspora.

The program's interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the artistic and intellectual traditions of all people of the African Diaspora. The Minor in Africana Studies is designed to complement a student's major, incorporating courses from many subject areas.

Thurgood Marshall

“A child bourn to a black mother in a state like Mississippi-born to the dumbest, poorest sharecropper-by merely drawing itself breath in the democracy has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It is not true, but I challenge anyone to say it’s not a goal worth working for.”


Dr. Gideon Lewis to present “The Million Dollar Gift” at Awards Luncheon

Each year, the Africana Studies Program hosts the Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards and Scholarship Luncheon in order to recognize adults and youths who have made outstanding contributions to our community. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Gideon J. Lewis, a foot and ankle surgeon, UCF alumnus and member of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors…. Read more »

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Today in Africana History

  • 1994 White supremacist Byron de la Beckwith is convicted of the murder of Medgar Evens.
  • 1934 Hank Aaron, former major league baseball home run king, is born.

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John T. Washington

One of the most influential professors to join the UCF faculty, John T. Washington's influence went far beyond the classroom. At a time in UCF and American history when African Americans were boldly presented with racial inequalities and injustices, Washington was a soft-spoken, selfless leader, who dedicated his life to serving and standing up for others. Besides being one of the first African Americans to ho...

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