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Dr. Gideon Lewis to present “The Million Dollar Gift” at Awards Luncheon

Each year, the Africana Studies Program hosts the Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards and Scholarship Luncheon in order to recognize adults and youths who have made outstanding contributions to our community. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Gideon J. Lewis, a foot and ankle surgeon, UCF alumnus and member of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors…. Read more »

Trent Tomengo on “Black Intellectualism and the Politics of Accountability”

Topic: Black Intellectualism and the Politics of Accountability: The Harlem Renaissance and The Black Movement Speaker: Trent Tomengo Date: January 19, 2016 Time: 10:30AM-11:45AM Location: Student Union Key West 218A   About the Speaker: Trent Tomengo is Professor of the Humanities at Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford where he teaches African American Humanities, Renaissance… Read more »

A Historical Prospective through Poetry

The James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series presents Mrs. Valada Flewellyn, poet, historian, curator and public lecturer. In her November 9 lecture, “A Historical Prospective through Poetry,” Flewellyn will share how her relationship with the father of the African American museum Icabod Flewellen influenced her poetry, storytelling and passion for history. Valada Flewellyn is the author… Read more »

Cultural Memory and Social Crisis in African American Music: Evolution of a Multi-Disciplinary Process

On October 19, speaker Eric Wright presented a lecture on “Cultural Memory and Social Crisis in African American Music: Evolution of a Multi-Disciplinary Process” as part of UCF Africana Studies’ 2015-16 James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series. Wright talked about the relationships between memory and identity in Africana Studies scholarship to show how social memory theory… Read more »

Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards & Scholarship Luncheon

  The University of Central Florida Africana Studies Program is hosting the 32nd Annual Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards & Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the University of Central Florida’s Student Union Pegasus Ballroom from noon until 2 PM. The luncheon will announce the UCF student winner of the John… Read more »

Africana Studies Minor Program

» UCF Undergraduate Catalog: Africana Studies Minor The Africana Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that offers courses in a wide range of subject areas such as African American Studies, Africana History, Film, Fine Arts, Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology. Eighteen credit hours are required to complete the minor but… Read more »

Africana Studies Ambassadors Share Knowledge, Passion

Ambassadors 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. In addition to providing a face for the program, the ambassadors contribute to its leadership, generating ideas… Read more »

Solving a Historical Puzzle with 5,000 Pieces

With more than 5,000 historic items dating back to the 18th century, UCF’s Carol Mundy Collection tells the story of the African-American experience through books, pamphlets, newspapers, posters, photographs and other rare ephemera. The collection, which is kept in theSpecial Collections & University Archives and displayed on the fifth floor of the John C. Hitt… Read more »

Hip-Hop Class Shares Influence of Drake, Jay-Z

In many ways, rappers including Jay-Z, Nas and Missy Elliot have influenced the clothes, cars and style of youth culture. One class that is featured for the spring semester shows how their rhymes extend further beyond the mic. Professor and folklorist Donald Harrell teaches the “Evolution of Hip Hop,” a class that traces the music… Read more »

African American Studies Instructor Wins Diversity Award

UCF adjunct instructor Donald Harell who teaches the “Evolution of Hip Hop” and runs a performing arts company that promotes African culture has been chosen by his Union College alma mater to receive a national award for his work with enhancing diversity initiatives. Harrell is one of four people selected for the Schenectady, N.Y., college’s… Read more »