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.

Sojourner Truth

“Then that little man in back, there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.”


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A Look Back at the Start of UCF’s Black Student Union

February 04, 2020  UCF alumni Roland Williams and Wiletha Williams share their experience as some of the university’s first students.

Exhibits celebrate black community, friendship during Black History Month

January 24, 2020  Two concurrent exhibits—one at UCF and one at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa—use photographs to explore themes of black community, friendship and resilience in the face of systemic violence and discrimination.

Students receive Africana Studies scholarships

January 17, 2020  Three students recently received scholarships from the Africana Studies program for the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 semesters.

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series: Exploring gynecology through a socio-cultural anthropological lens

November 12, 2019  Nessette Falu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCF, delivered the second lecture in the 2019 James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series, “Afrofuturistic Bem-Estar: Black Lesbians’ Wellbeing, Liberation, and Gynecology in Brazil.” Falu framed the discussion in the context of the growing field of Afrofuturism, and used “an afrofuturistic vision to...

“Awareness, Appreciation and Advocacy”: Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community honors UCF

October 11, 2019  Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. celebrated and honored UCF’s ongoing role in documenting, preserving, and educating others about the historically African American town of Eatonville.

In remembrance of Anthony “Tony” Major

June 04, 2019  Longtime professor Tony Major remembered for contribution to film, UCF: Major died at the age of 79 after 24 years at the university and leaves a legacy of students who have gone on to careers as actors, producers, directors and talent agents.

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Today in Africana History

  • 1996 Josia Thugwane is the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal, completing the marathon in two hours, twelve minutes, thirty-six seconds.

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John T. Washington

The University of Central Florida History Department and the Africana Studies Program is pleased to host the second annual Dr. John T. Washington Lecture Series benefiting scholarships for Africana Studies Minors. This lecture series upholds the legacy and continues the mission of the annual Dr. John T. Washington Community Service and Scholarship Awards Luncheon. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Teaching Academy, 117 with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and presentations and lecture starting at 6 p.m. Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California-Irvine School of Law will present Overcoming Injustice: Why Women's C...

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