Africana Studies
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. Thurgood Marshall

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

Featured Courses for Fall 2014

AFA3006: The African Diaspora: Theories

The African Diaspora is a survey course that explores the existence and experiences of African people on the Continent and throughout the Diaspora. This course provides an overview of the major cultural, political, economic, and social elements that define an African Diaspora and its unique expressions on the African continent and regions throughout the globe. A major goal of the course is providing students with an understanding of the persistent efforts of African people to define themselves within their own contexts and to structure internal and external relationships based on their surrounding environments. Accordingly, emphasis is placed on (1) identifying the forces contributing to the creation of an African Diaspora, (2) locating its prevailing regions and locales, (3) examining the major concepts and relevant themes that illustrate the historical and contemporary dynamics throughout the African Diaspora, and (4) exploring the cultural, social, and political linkages that have been forged between distinct African populations and groups. Special attention will be given to matters such as migration and enslavement, forces of culture and cultural unity, literary and artistic expression, and socio-political movements. Read more course details.

AFA3102: Intro to Africana Studies

In this course, multidisciplinary perspectives are used to explore key issues and basic methodologies in Africana Studies, featuring presentations by representative faculty from various disciplines. Students will be introduced to the breadth and depth of the African Diaspora and its impact in various disciplines, i.e. history, music, literature, science, politics and civil rights during the semester. This course is linked with the James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series. Read more course details.

Today in African American History

  • 1983 Miss New York Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.

Highlights

September 2014

photoAmbassadors for the Africana Studies Program at UCF are passionate about history, culture and community. They are active at the university and engaged with local youth, providing mentorship to young students and promoting the importance of Africana Studies. [Read More]


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Upcoming Events

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

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series

Thursday, January 22, 2015; 10:15am - 12:00pm

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Africana Studies Program • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-0026  •  aas@ucf.edu  • Website Technical Support: cahweb@ucf.edu