Program Director: Marsha J. Tyson Darling, PhD
The department of African, Black and Caribbean studies is dedicated to helping students explore the historical, cultural, socioeconomic and political experiences of people of African descent.
The program is affiliated with the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, which sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including the annual African American Read-In, the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture and the James Baldwin Lecture on Literary and Social Criticism series, documentary screenings, performances, art exhibits and much more. The center builds on more than four decades of interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and cultural programming to provide an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on exploring the historic, cultural, socioeconomic and political dimensions of people of African descent.
The center also supports community engagement initiatives and cosponsors lectures and social justice public programs and events with the Collaboration Project, Conversations on Race, the Racial Justice Alliance, Black Students Union, the NAACP, and varied restorative justice initiatives like Black Lives Matter.