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

Today in African American History

  • 1945 United Nations founded at San Francisco meeting attended by black American consultants, including W.E.B. Dubois, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Ralph J. Bunche, and Walter White.
  • 1918 Ella Fitzgerald, "First Lady of Song," is born in Newport News, VA.


September 11, 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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