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.

Jesse Owens

“Any black who strives to achieve in this country should think in terms of not only himself, but also how he can reach down and grab another black child and pull him to the top of the mountain where he is.”


James Weldon Johnsons Scholars Lecture Series

The Africana Studies Program recently concluded this year’s James Weldon Johnson Scholars Lecture Series. The series featured three presenters who lectured on a variety of topics relevant to Africana studies. This year’s feature speakers included: Visual Artist and UCF professor Dr. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, inspirational speaker Khalil Osiris M.A., and Founding President of the Central Florida… Read more »

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Area Studies Events

James Weldon Johnson Lectures Series
Tuesday January 30, 2018; 10:30pm - 11:45pm

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series
Tuesday February 27, 2018; 10:30am - 11:45am

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series
Tuesday March 27, 2018; 10:30am - 11:45am

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Today in Africana History

  • 1760 Deborah Sampson Gannett, who will disguise herself as a man in order to fight in the Revolutionary War, is born in Plymouth, VA.

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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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