UMass Amherst AfroAm

UMass Amherst AfroAm Established in 1970, we remain one of the largest departments in the world in Africana Studies offering BA, MA and PhD degrees.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies is one of the largest such departments in the country, comprehensively offering a BA major/minor, MA, and PhD degrees for all students who wish in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.

12/13/2018

hip hop feminism mixtape & chill

Prof. John Bracey salutes Timuel “Tim” D. Black, Chicago historian who survived the Great Depression and worked on t...
12/12/2018

Prof. John Bracey salutes Timuel “Tim” D. Black, Chicago historian who survived the Great Depression and worked on the front lines during World War II, at his 100 years old birthday celebration. Black grew up to be a high school teacher, college professor and author. His latest book, Sacred Ground, is about his experiences growing up on the South Side and will be out soon. The Centenary raised funds to benefit the Vivian Harsh Society’s Timuel D. Black Research Fellowship. Participants included Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture; Christopher Reed, Professor of History Emeritus, Roosevelt University; Leon Dash, Professor of Journalism, African-American Studies and Law, University of Illinois at Champaign; Adam Green, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago; Jim Grossman, Executive Director, American Historical Association; John Bracey, Professor, UMass Amherst AfroAm Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Barbara Ransby, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History, University of Illinois at Chicago; Robert T. Starks, Associate Professor, Northeastern Illinois University; among others. #WEBDDAFRO faculty update.

#WEBDDAFRO Workshop: Trent Masiki is the paper presenter
12/05/2018

#WEBDDAFRO Workshop: Trent Masiki is the paper presenter

Clinton Church Restoration
12/04/2018
Clinton Church Restoration

Clinton Church Restoration

NEWS! Preservation Massachusetts has named the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church one of Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources. “This small church has a powerful and important story to tell and has been a center of the African American community for 130 years,” said Jim Igoe, president of Preservation Massachusetts. “The efforts and dedication of Clinton Church Restoration are to be applauded and we look forward to working with them to ensure that this landmark building endures to tell its story and inspire new ones for many generations to come.”

In articulating the threat to the property, the statewide nonprofit cited the building’s structural issues, ongoing deterioration caused by vacancy, and the substantial costs to complete stabilization work and move forward with plans for future use. “If the stabilization is not completed, an important touchstone of African American history and culture in Massachusetts could be lost," the organization stated.

The Most Endangered Historic Resource List has been published by Preservation Massachusetts since 1993, and is considered an effective tool for preservationists to focus statewide attention on the condition of individual historic properties and their importance to communities. We are grateful for their support!

Click below to read the full press release from Preservation Massachusetts.

UMass Amherst AfroAm Prof. Agustin Lao Montes was the keynote speaker at a major symposium in Argentina and has visited ...
11/25/2018

UMass Amherst AfroAm Prof. Agustin Lao Montes was the keynote speaker at a major symposium in Argentina and has visited "Malcolm Space"--Espacio Malcolm is a prominent place and headquarters of DIAFAR, the African Diaspora of Argentina.

"When you enter, Espacio Malcolm , it fills you with culture. Everywhere you look, you will find bits of it scattered like flashes on the walls, shelves, chairs and even the materials of the barbers. Oh, you did not know? Within Malcolm Space is the barber shop "The Blackber Shop." Federico Pita is a political scientist. He directs Espacio Malcolm, El Afroargentino and is one of the founders and currently director of DIFAR. Ngo Batalla Ifá Omí Loyeimo

11/10/2018
Love, vulnerable words, shy sounds
11/10/2018

Love, vulnerable words, shy sounds

11/10/2018

Poetry Night in the Underground Theater

Triple OT—this is incredibly nerve wracking
11/03/2018

Triple OT—this is incredibly nerve wracking

Association for Black Culture Centers holds its 27th conference with Prof. Amilcar Shabazz as a keynote speaker
11/02/2018
Association for Black Culture Centers

Association for Black Culture Centers holds its 27th conference with Prof. Amilcar Shabazz as a keynote speaker

The ABCC is the only organization whose focuses are African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture centers, and related offices.

Souls Journal
10/27/2018

Souls Journal

SOULS CFP: INHERITING BLACK STUDIES

Co-Editors: Jarvis Givens and Joshua Bennett

Souls invites essays, critical book/film/art reviews, and interviews by advanced graduate students and junior faculty that commemorate the 50th anniversary of Black Studies, focusing on the range of intellectual inheritances we have received from this meta-discipline and what those inheritances demand of the future(s) of critical black study.

Submissions Due: FEB. 1, 2019

https://souls.uic.edu/call-for-papers/

All out for the premier of "Siggi Dimanche: A Celebration of Francophone Africa and the French Speaking African Diaspora...
10/22/2018

All out for the premier of "Siggi Dimanche: A Celebration of Francophone Africa and the French Speaking African Diaspora" in our fabulous #WEBDDAFRO New Africa House Theater w/MC Kymberly S. Newberry.

10/17/2018
10/17/2018

#WEBDDAFRO Workshop Series with the Du Bois Center and AAIHS

The Outreach and Development Committee, President, and Vice President of the UMass Student Government Association invite...
10/10/2018

The Outreach and Development Committee, President, and Vice President of the UMass Student Government Association invites all students to a forum tomorrow, Thursday, to discuss the proposed Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy. The forum aims to provide a space for students to give feedback to the administration regarding this new policy. It will take place on 10/11 at 5:30pm in the Commonwealth Room of the Student Union. Feedback will be sent to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy’s Chief of Staff, Rolanda Burney, as well as Debora Ferreira, the Title IX Coordinator and the Executive Director of the Equal Opportunity Office, on
Monday, October 15th.

Check out the new season of #BLACK podcast hosted by Stephanie Uku Shonekan. #WEBDDAFRO graduate students Biko Caruthers...
10/10/2018
#BLACK PODCAST

Check out the new season of #BLACK podcast hosted by Stephanie Uku Shonekan. #WEBDDAFRO graduate students Biko Caruthers and Lana Sims , along with Mizzou graduate student Marshall Allen join in chopping up #BillCosby #AnitaHill #NMAAHC #CardiVsNikki

Hashing out the hashtags that frame Black life.

New Africa House in 2010 campus facilities plan that did NOT respect our needs/wishes or mission/vision (since 1969) -- ...
10/07/2018

New Africa House in 2010 campus facilities plan that did NOT respect our needs/wishes or mission/vision (since 1969) -- Join us in making a New Plan for New Africa House. #EnvisionEngagement #WEBDDAFRO

#Mindful #Contemplative strategies for a Trans-formative UMass
10/05/2018

#Mindful #Contemplative strategies for a Trans-formative UMass

#WEBDDAFRO Workshop Series
09/27/2018

#WEBDDAFRO Workshop Series

Blaxploitation in film talk at the Malcolm Xcc
09/26/2018

Blaxploitation in film talk at the Malcolm Xcc

#WEBDDAFRO Teach-In
09/26/2018

#WEBDDAFRO Teach-In

09/25/2018
#WEBDDAFRO welcomes Rev. William Barber Jr. to UMass on his recent visit
09/24/2018

#WEBDDAFRO welcomes Rev. William Barber Jr. to UMass on his recent visit

#WEBDDAFRO professor Traci Parker warms the packed house and introduces Rev. William Barber Jr.
09/24/2018

#WEBDDAFRO professor Traci Parker warms the packed house and introduces Rev. William Barber Jr.

A reception in advance of the inaugural Feinberg Series Keynote: Rev Dr William J Barber II named the 2018 James Baldwin...
09/24/2018

A reception in advance of the inaugural Feinberg Series Keynote: Rev Dr William J Barber II named the 2018 James Baldwin Lecture at New Africa House

09/20/2018

The Inaugural Baldwin Lecture

09/20/2018

Reception before the Baldwin Lecture

09/20/2018

Reception before the Baldwin Lecture

09/19/2018

Here is an urgent message from one of our students. Please take note, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Anna Alexander-Branch, and Enku Gelaye. We will respond and when we do so you will know where we're coming from.

Dear Colleagues and friends,

As I am sure you are already aware, UMass Amherst has been making the news recently. Unfortunately it is not because of our great food or lively campus climate, this time it is because one of our own has been the victim in a story we know all too well: racial profiling at the hands of a “concerned citizen”. This incident and its aftermath hit all too close to home, and I would like to do whatever I can to support this member of our community.

As a student of color, I look to our department for wisdom, guidance and support. I think this feeling is shared by all students of color who are lucky enough to take classes with us, sadly I think this is not felt by the larger community of color who may fall outside of our major. I see this event as an opportunity for us to reclaim our radical past and to let faculty, staff, and students of color all over the campus to know that they are not alone.

As the Department of African American studies on a predominately white campus we serve many purposes. Among those is that of creating a safe haven and a respite from all of the dangers we face in this society simply due the color of our skin. I ask you, my professors, colleagues and friends, what are we going to do? Will we sit idly by while a member of our community is made to feel as if he doesn’t belong? Or will we rise up and meet him, showing not only him but our larger campus and community that we are here and that we will not tolerate being marginalized and criminalized? I am asking you: will we be on the forefront of the movement to teach our larger community that we are not silent and that we deserve to hold the space that each of us has worked so hard to achieve?

I want to create a dialog and a path forward for all students of color at UMass that have been directly or indirectly impacted by this event. This affects us all.

Sent to Stephanie Uku Shonekan, Amilcar Shabazz, Demetria Shabazz, Toussaint Losier, Ngo Batalla Ifá Omí Loyeimo, Steve Tracy, James Smethurst, Britt Rusert, Traci Parker, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Gilbert McCauley

An essay worth reading by our friend and colleague, Dr. Suraj Yengde Sangeeta Kamat Boston Study Group Vijay Prashad Nir...
09/10/2018
Why we need Dalit

An essay worth reading by our friend and colleague, Dr. Suraj Yengde Sangeeta Kamat Boston Study Group Vijay Prashad Nirmala Erevelles

The term seeks to change structures of oppression, rather than adjust to them

#WEBDDAFRO You're invited to the Five College Women's Studies Research Center annual Fall Reception to welcome our 2018-...
09/10/2018

#WEBDDAFRO You're invited to the Five College Women's Studies Research Center annual Fall Reception to welcome our 2018-2019 Research Associates and new 5 College faculty in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies--this Friday, September 14th, 4-6pm, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Stephanie Uku Shonekan Demetria Shabazz Traci Parker Britt Rusert

We love students--our department started from UMass students like Esther Terry and Michael Thelwell! Come meet and greet...
09/04/2018

We love students--our department started from UMass students like Esther Terry and Michael Thelwell! Come meet and greet our incoming graduate students--Mtali Shaka Banda Rachel Bogdon Tim Dillinger-Curenton Jose Gonzalez Quaram Robinson & Chyna Hope--on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 12 noon, Room 309 New Africa House.

#WEBDDAFRO remembers Randy Weston. Frederick C. Tillis, Terry Jenoure and Glenn Siegel reflect on "Forty Years of Black ...
09/03/2018
Forty Years of Black Music in the Pioneer Valley | AmherstMedia

#WEBDDAFRO remembers Randy Weston. Frederick C. Tillis, Terry Jenoure and Glenn Siegel reflect on "Forty Years of Black Music in the Pioneer Valley. At 28:44 minutes in see Weston in performance at Bowker Auditorium (11/18/2010).

AmherstMedia-FortyYearsOfBlackMusicInThePioneerValley447 Description:  Title: Forty Years of Black Music in the Pioneer ValleySpeakers: Randy Weston, Glen Siegel, Terry Jenoure, Frederick Tillis and John BraceyIntro: Amilcar ShabazzCamera: Jim LescaultEditor: Jeffrey Smith.

Randy Weston African Rhythms remembered via Prof. Amilcar Shabazz. NB Tom Reney, Terry Jenoure, Glenn Siegel, Frederick ...
09/03/2018
Randy Weston, Jazzmaster and Beloved Friend of the Department, transitions at 92 | The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

Randy Weston African Rhythms remembered via Prof. Amilcar Shabazz. NB Tom Reney, Terry Jenoure, Glenn Siegel, Frederick C. Tillis.

Randy Weston, Jazzmaster and Beloved Friend of the Department, transitions at 92 Leave a reply On November 18-20, 2010, The Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies brought together scholars and activists, writers and artists, youth and elders, to mark our 40th year on the UMass Amherst campus, a...

Prof. Bracey will keynote upcoming event at Agape Community
08/30/2018

Prof. Bracey will keynote upcoming event at Agape Community

Free by '63...studying our people’s history not just in February, but “on a continuing basis.” Sterling Stuckey an...
08/20/2018

Free by '63...studying our people’s history not just in February, but “on a continuing basis.” Sterling Stuckey and John Bracey are on the front row of a photo of The Amistad Society (in 1963).

STERLING STUCKEY, March 2, 1932 – August 15, 2018. One of the seminal figures in the movement of Black History and Afr...
08/17/2018

STERLING STUCKEY, March 2, 1932 – August 15, 2018. One of the seminal figures in the movement of Black History and Africana Studies to the forefront of scholarship and the academy, Stuckey begins playing this role in the early 1960s with the creation of The Amistad Society in Chicago. He will be a presenter on the series on black history that Vincent Harding and John Henrik Clarke created for CBS called “Black Heritage.” He was among the thirty lecturers on the series that ran from November 1968, through February (Black History Month) of 1969, and included James Boggs, Lerone Bennett, A.B. Spellman, Gerald McWorter Abdul Alkalimat, Bill Strickland, among others. Stuckey played a key role in the planning and subsequent development of the *Institute of the Black World* which helped shaped the post-1968 foundation of Black Studies. Two of IBW's builders, Chester Davis and Bill Strickland became members of our faculty. John Bracey and Stuckey were black history pioneers and classmates at Northwestern. We call his name on the roll of Africana scholars of the finest order. #WEBDDAFRO

We've been on the cutting edge of making The University of Massachusetts Amherst a sustainability leader and beyond. Afr...
08/16/2018
A Decade of Sustainable Practices Pays Off at UMass Amherst - BusinessWest

We've been on the cutting edge of making The University of Massachusetts Amherst a sustainability leader and beyond. African Americans are more likely than white Americans to make lifestyle choices that help protect the environment in the categories of buying pesticide-free foods (37 percent of African Americans versus 29 percent of whites), consuming less meat (15 percent of African Americans versus 8 percent of whites), and driving less (16 percent of African Americans versus 10 percent of whites). African Americans are as likely as white Americans to belong to environmental groups (from "Dispelling Old Myths: African American Concern for the Environment," by Paul Mohai, associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, in the peer-reviewed *Environment* magazine. Go UMass!

Because its region is so environmentally conscious, UMass Amherst would appear to be fertile ground for sustainable practices like green energy, eco-friendly buildings, and a buy-local ethos in food service. But it’s still remarkable how broadly — and effectively — the university has cast its ...

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