UCF 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.

Angela Davis

“We, the black women of today, must accept the full weight of a legacy wrought in blood by our mothers in chains…heirs to a tradition to supreme perseverance and heroic resistance.”


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James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series Focuses on Sociology and History

                    The Africana Studies Program recently concluded its spring semester James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series . The series featured three presenters who lectured on a variety of topics relevant to Africana studies. This semester’s feature speakers included sociologist and UCF professor Dr. Jonathan Cox, UCF history professors Dr…. Read more »

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Area Studies Events

Today in Africana History

  • 1997 Soufriere Hills volcano on island of Montserrat, West Indies, erupts, killing thirty-three and destroying two-thirds of the islands infrastructure.
  • 1972 Thomas Peters, an African American slave who led black emigrants from Nova Scotia to settle in Sierra Leone, dies.

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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 hold a faculty position at the University of Central Florida (from mid-1970s to early 1980s), Washington was a humanitarian and leader who not only taught a life of service, but also lived it. His sincerity and altruism had a profound impact on those with whom he had contact. The paragraphs that follow provide insight into John T. Washin...

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