Africana Studies
Young people, I want to beg you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life. George Washington Carver

Africana Studies presents a unique opportunity for the University of Central Florida to explore the rich complexity and diversity of our society. It provides a forum for students to understand the significant contributions people of the African Diaspora have made to world civilization and the American experiment.

Africana Studies is dedicated to developing expertise and knowledge of the black experience in the African Diaspora. The program’s interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the artistic and intellectual traditions of that African Diaspora experience.

"History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been and what they have been, where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child."—John Henrik Clarke

Today in African American History

  • 1975 Joseph W. Hatcher of Tallahassee, FL, becomes the state's first African American Supreme Court justice since Reconstruction.
  • 1915 Xavier University, the first African American Catholic College, opens in New Orleans, LA.
  • 1833 Oberlin College, first coeducational college, founded.
  • 1833 Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor.


March 2014

photoWith more than 5,000 historic items dating back to the 18th century, UCF’s Carol Mundy Collection tells the story of the African-American experience through books, pamphlets, newspapers, posters, photographs and other rare ephemera. [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series: Nina Streich

Tuesday, September 2, 2014; 1:15pm - 3:00pm

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 1:15pm - 3:00pm

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 4, 2014; 1:15pm - 3:00pm

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