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.

Malcolm X

“Anything I do, I regard as urgent. NO man is given but so much time to accomplish whatever is his life’s work. My life in particular never has stayed fixed in one position very long…I am only facing the facts when I know that any moment, of any day, or any night, could bring my death.”


Shelby Birch-Former Africana Studies Student’s Performance and Book Signing

Please support this amazing young lady from Orlando in her debut performance and book signing event tonight at 6PM (see attached flyer). She is a recent graduate from UCF with a minor in Africana Studies and is already making a name for herself in Washington, D. C., where she has worked since her graduation.  It may be the last time… Read more »

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Area Studies Events

Conversational Spanish Program in Nerja, Spain
Monday June 12, 2017 - Friday June 23, 2017; Mon 8:00am - Fri 9:30pm

Spanish Heritage Language Program in Nerja
Monday June 12, 2017 - Friday June 23, 2017; Mon 9:00am - Fri 9:00pm

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Today in Africana History

  • 1958 Ernest Green is the first black to graduate from Central High School in Little Rock, AK.
  • 1942 Dorie Miller, a messman is awarded the Navy Cross for heroism at Pearl Harbor.

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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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