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.

John Henrik Clarke

“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.”


James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series- Fall 2017

The Africana Studies Program recently concluded this year’s James Weldon Johnson 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 chapter… Read more »

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Area Studies Events

James Weldon Johnson Lectures Series- Dr. Johnathan Cox
Tuesday January 30, 2018; 10:30am - 11:45am

Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards and Scholarship Luncheon
Monday February 19, 2018; 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

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Today in Africana History

  • 1918 John H. Johnson, editor and publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, is born in Arkansas City, AR.
  • 1887 Clementine Hunter, noted African American painter in the 1930s, is born in Natchitoches, LA.

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John T. Washington

Each year, the Africana Studies Program hosts the Annual Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards and Scholarship Luncheon to recognize UCF students along with Community adults and youth who have made outstanding contributions to our local area. The luncheon will be on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Noon in the UCF Student Union Pegasus Ballroom. Besides being one of the first African Americans scholars to hold a faculty position at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Washington was a humanitarian and leader who not only taught a life of service, but also lived it. The award honors his legacy by honoring people who exemplify the same humanitarian and scholarly characteristics that were so vividly demonstrated by...

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