UMass Amherst AfroAm

UMass Amherst AfroAm Established in 1970, we remain one of the largest Africana Studies departments in the world 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.

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1904, taken at the studio of James Edward Purdy (December 19, 1858 – August 2, 1933) a photographer ba...
04/29/2019

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1904, taken at the studio of James Edward Purdy (December 19, 1858 – August 2, 1933) a photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts at 146 Tremont Street.

#WEBDDAFRO Gives!
04/29/2019
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04/28/2019

#JOUVERT2019 at UMass Amherst with UMass SoCA Haitians, Bajans, Trinis, Jamaicans, Borinquens, NewAfrikans, everybody’s here!

Happening Now! @umassafroam
04/28/2019

Happening Now! @umassafroam

04/27/2019

CCEBMS Legacy Event #50YearsofBlackStudies

Foundational faculty member Nelson Stevens in front of the doors of New Africa House with students, ca. 1970s
04/26/2019

Foundational faculty member Nelson Stevens in front of the doors of New Africa House with students, ca. 1970s

Welcome UMass Du Bois Dept. Alum Family, UMass Amherst Black Alumni Network, CCEBMS Fam! & Happy Born Day Nelson Stevens
04/26/2019

Welcome UMass Du Bois Dept. Alum Family, UMass Amherst Black Alumni Network, CCEBMS Fam! & Happy Born Day Nelson Stevens

Foundational faculty member Nelson Stevens in front of the doors of New Africa House with students, ca. 1970s

PAHMUSA-The Pan African Historical Museum USA
04/25/2019

PAHMUSA-The Pan African Historical Museum USA

UPDATE REPORT: When man says NO, GOD says YES! - Ms Lujuana Hood is off life support and is breathing on her own. Keep the prayers going up! We ask for COMPLETE HEALING, In Jesus Name.

*See #WEBDDAFRO Visiting Scholar Andi Wan’s comment in article below: The future of Amherst Family Center: Parents rai...
04/23/2019

*See #WEBDDAFRO Visiting Scholar Andi Wan’s comment in article below:

The future of Amherst Family Center: Parents raise concerns about funding

AMHERST — With her husband landing a job as a professor at the University of Massachusetts for the next four years, Karin Chellew said she had anxiety about moving to Amherst from Germany with her 3-month-old son.

“Since I learned we will have to move in here, I was literally freaking out, especially because we will be far away from home and family, and to a completely different continent,” said Chellew, who is originally from Spain.

Upon getting to town, Chellew discovered the Amherst Family Center, where she and her baby boy, Philip, have experienced what she describes as a “calm” and “delightful” environment. She said she is seeing her son develop in many areas thanks to the center, which is open to families with children ages 5 and under and is free of charge. It’s also a place where she is meeting other local parents.

“The Family Center is so rich in so many levels, and we love it,” Chellew said of the center in the old North Amherst School at 1200 North Pleasant St.

But now, the Amherst Family Center, which offers free drop-in programs daily during the academic year, may be in jeopardy.

UMass, which helps support the program, recently informed the Parents Advisory Council, whose chairwoman is Lucy Perkins, that its funding could end in June. A partner for the past 15 years, Perkins said the potential loss of support from UMass, which operates the center through the office of Student Parent Programs, would be a devastating blow to the program founded by parents in 1986. Parents have launched an online petition at change.org to supplement written appeals to the university. The center operates on approximately $36,000, according to Perkins.

“One thing we’re hoping is to find another department at UMass that would help us,” Perkins, of Granby, said.

UMass officials did not initially respond to requests in recent days for details about the program’s funding. But late Monday afternoon, spokesman Ed Blaguszewski released a statement saying the university would continue to operate the center in the coming year, and would be “assisting families to identify one or more of the family service providers in the Amherst area to meet their needs.”

“While there was a great need for playgroups, drop-in centers and parent services a decade ago, many other resources are now available for UMass-affiliated student parents,” Blaguszewski stated.

He said the university is making new investments to support student parents and will evaluate how best to spend resources on their behalf at the university.

The petition launched by families stated that without university funding “or adequate time to transition back to a parent funded organization, the Amherst Family Center may close.”

Bignon Bio Yerima, a newcomer to Amherst after her husband was offered a job at the university, learned about the Family Center and has appreciated taking her young daughter to its programs, she said.

“This is a place where my daughter and I get to meet people from different countries and different backgrounds,” Yerima said. “We play together and share so many things together. I made many friends here, and so did my daughter.”

The center is overseen by director Susan McGinn with assistance from UMass students and also has depended on grants from United Way, the Collaboration for Educational Services and Highland Valley Elder Services. An annual event Valley Kids Festival & Craft Fair, formerly the Apple Harvest Festival, also supports the program.

Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon during the academic year, the center subleases the town-owned space from Head Start. Also in the same building are ServiceNet’s REACH Early Intervention and Community Action’s Women Infants & Children (WIC) offices.

Perkins has been part of the center since her son, who is now 3½, was born, and she has continued going with her daughter. “It’s a very nice community for this age group and their families,” Perkins said.

The center averages 25 families per day, and of 37 families, three-quarters use it twice or more per week, Perkins said. A considerable number come from nearby apartment complexes, such as North Village, where many graduate student families, visiting scholars and international professors reside.

A first Wednesday potluck often includes cuisine from afar, including China, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries. “It’s great to see people sharing dishes from their culture,” Perkins said.

Andi Wan, a visiting scholar in the Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass and a doctoral candidate at Zhejiang University in China, takes her 2-year-old son and notes that her mother-in-law can also join in the fun and learning.

Wan sent a letter to UMass in which she wrote about the center, “For such a wonderful place with multi-functions, it is really heart-breaking to hear about the news that it will be closed in June. We really hope that you can reconsider your decision.”

She praised the program and its staff and student volunteers.

“To our impression, the family center is always hosting many children everyday, whether it’s good weather or bad weather. Susan and her students helpers are so nice and helpful. All the parents and children loved this place.”

Margaret Sawyer, an organizer with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, has brought her 4-year-old daughter, Mabel, calling it precious support for parents and one of few resources for families with children so young in Amherst.

“As our city grapples with maintaining excellent schools and welcoming more young families, I hope we will find a way to save this low-cost program that does tremendous good,” Sawyer said.

“I really appreciate what UMass has done to support this institution for so long — it’s been a huge gift to Amherst,” Sawyer said.

Leverett resident Amy Gaubinger said she brings her 18-month-old daughter, who is learning sign language, at least twice a week, and that the center offers community-building for children and parents that has no substitute.

“It’s the only place in the area that is open every single day and everyone is welcome,” Gaubinger said. “It offers enough of a schedule and routine that children really benefit from it.”

“We moved to this area because the community values programs like this and the university contributes to programs like this,” Gaubinger said.

“I honestly can’t imagine what my experience of Amherst would have been without the Family Center, and I wish to have the privilege to continue taking my daughter there,” Yerima said. “I hope other families, now and in the future, have that opportunity, too.”

Scott Merzbach at [email protected]

04/19/2019

”Wake Up: Reflections on our past, Envisioning our future” Chair Panel Kiara Hill (moderator) #50YearsofBlackStudies

04/19/2019

”Wake Up: Reflections on our past, Envisioning our future” Alumni Panel w/Mtali Shaka Banda, Shawn Alexander, Sid Ferreira, Judiye Al Bilali & Bianki Torres (moderator) #50YearsofBlackStudies

#50YearsofBlackStudies, Geosciences, & the Global Quest for Environmental Justice
04/18/2019

#50YearsofBlackStudies, Geosciences, & the Global Quest for Environmental Justice

#50YearsofBlackStudies panel on Black Studies in the Valley
04/17/2019

#50YearsofBlackStudies panel on Black Studies in the Valley

04/17/2019
S1:E7: Senior Moment feat. John Bracey

Thank you Amherst Media! #50YearsofBlackStudies

David Reffsin interviews Professor John Bracey a long time activist and professor at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst AfroAm Studies event: “The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago,” A Lunch Talk with ...
04/17/2019

UMass Amherst AfroAm Studies event: “The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago,” A Lunch Talk with Civil Rights Attorney Flint Taylor, at 1pm today, room 302 New Africa House.
With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), Flint Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine. His new book, The Torture Machine takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark—and the historic, thirteen-years of litigation that followed—through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, the leader of a torture ring within the CPD that used barbaric methods, including electric shock, to elicit false confessions from suspects.
Joining forces with community activists, torture survivors and their families, other lawyers, and local reporters, Taylor and the PLO gathered evidence from multiple cases to bring suit against the CPD officers and the City of Chicago. As the struggle expanded beyond the torture scandal to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois, and obtained reparations for many of the torture survivors, it set human rights precedents that have since been adopted across the United States.

When you visit #WEBDDAFRO at New Africa House you will find a gallery on our first floor named in honor of the amazing a...
04/07/2019
Sculptor Augusta Savage’s Towering Impact on the Harlem Renaissance

When you visit #WEBDDAFRO at New Africa House you will find a gallery on our first floor named in honor of the amazing artist and intellectual #AugustaSavage

A major traveling exhibition puts the pioneering Black artist, educator, and activist firmly in the spotlight.

Mullins Center
04/06/2019
Mullins Center

Mullins Center

Trevor Noah is crossing North America and making a stop at the Mullins Center on Friday, April 12, 2019! Get your tickets today.

04/05/2019
WGBY Public Television

WGBY Public Television

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, “Connecting Point” looks at the legacy civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois left in western Mass. Members of the Clinton Church Restoration project speak about DuBois’s impact on the Great Barrington community and their efforts to restore the church that young DuBois called home.

*Please note the last minute of this video was cut off in the original post on Feb. 22, 2019. WGBY regrets the error.*

Tonight
04/04/2019

Tonight

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage; directed by Gilbert McCauley (April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; 4/13 at 2pm, The Curtain Th...
04/01/2019

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage; directed by Gilbert McCauley (April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; 4/13 at 2pm, The Curtain Theater) #WEBDDAFRO

#WEBDDAFRO #50YearsOfBlackStudies #Fanon Fanon hier, Fanon aujourd'hui : Regards croisés / Fanon yesterday, Fanon today...
04/01/2019

#WEBDDAFRO #50YearsOfBlackStudies #Fanon Fanon hier, Fanon aujourd'hui : Regards croisés / Fanon yesterday, Fanon today: converging views Kymberly S. Newberry Cécile Yez

#50YearsOfBlackStudies at UMass Amherst AfroAm #WEBDDAFRO
04/01/2019

#50YearsOfBlackStudies at UMass Amherst AfroAm #WEBDDAFRO

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04/01/2019

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#WEBDDAFRO #50YearsOfBlackStudies
03/29/2019

#WEBDDAFRO #50YearsOfBlackStudies

Ifetayo Obuya in the house... #WEBDDAFRO #50YearsOfBlackStudies

W E B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst
03/29/2019

W E B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Summer Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Have a look at the flyer below for full details. Deadline: April 15

#WEBDDAFRO chair Stephanie Uku Shonekan invites you...
03/29/2019

#WEBDDAFRO chair Stephanie Uku Shonekan invites you...

UMass Amherst AfroAm Graduate Student Symposium will take place on April 17, and you're invited. Join us! #50YearsOfBlac...
03/29/2019

UMass Amherst AfroAm Graduate Student Symposium will take place on April 17, and you're invited. Join us! #50YearsOfBlackStudies

Join UMass Amherst AfroAm & UMass Geosciences on April 18 & 19 as we celebrate Chancellor Bromery’s legacy with a pane...
03/29/2019

Join UMass Amherst AfroAm & UMass Geosciences on April 18 & 19 as we celebrate Chancellor Bromery’s legacy with a panel, poster symposium, and an invited lecture by Dr. Ludmilla Aristilde #50YearsOfBlackStudies

Join UMass Amherst AfroAm & UMass Geosciences on April 18 & 19 as we celebrate Chancellor Bromery’s legacy with a pane...
03/29/2019

Join UMass Amherst AfroAm & UMass Geosciences on April 18 & 19 as we celebrate Chancellor Bromery’s legacy with a panel, poster symposium, and an invited lecture by Dr. Ludmilla Aristilde #50YearsOfBlackStudies

Talk by Dr. Chance Lewis, Professor of Urban Education & Director of UNC Charlotte's Urban Ed Collaborative (http://chan...
03/26/2019

Talk by Dr. Chance Lewis, Professor of Urban Education & Director of UNC Charlotte's Urban Ed Collaborative (http://chancewlewis.com/): "A Framework for Strategic Recruitment of African American Men into the Teaching Professions: Implications for Teacher Preparation Programs at Predominately White Institutions." Tues., March 26, 3:30-5pm in Furcolo Hall, room 101--refreshments will be served. Join virtually via Zoom, at 3:30, by clicking: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/7714066450

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03/21/2019

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#WEBDDAFRO in the news
03/21/2019
Dr. Amilcar Shabazz Appointed President of The National Council...

#WEBDDAFRO in the news

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) has announced during its recent annual conference that Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, a University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst professor, has been named its next president. Dr. Amilcar Shabazz An expert on the political economy of social and cultural...

03/17/2019
This Wednesday...be there! #WEBDDAFRO
03/17/2019

This Wednesday...be there! #WEBDDAFRO

03/14/2019
WGBY Public Television

At 7pm on WGBY Public Television's Connecting Point #CPonWGBY, Prof. Whitney Battle-Baptiste will discuss how women are challenging gender norms in the music industry, and then, I will be part of an exploration of the local history & complicated legacy of The #GreenBook with @berkathenaeum & UMass Amherst AfroAm Prof. Amilcar Shabazz

Tonight at 7pm on “Connecting Point,” UMass Anthropology Department Prof. Whitney Battle Baptiste discusses how a new crop of female artists are challenging gender norms in the music industry. Then, explore the local impact and complicated legacy of The Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans during segregation. (CC: Berkshire Athenaeum, UMass Amherst AfroAm) →💻 Watch a livestream at http://to.wgby.org/cplive

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03/14/2019

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03/14/2019

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Professor Amilcar Shabazz's inaugural conference as president of the National Council for Black Studies
03/12/2019

Professor Amilcar Shabazz's inaugural conference as president of the National Council for Black Studies

#NCBS2019 group shot of NCBS Board members with our President's Plenary--Danny Glover, Sonia Sanchez & Oba T'Shaka (seated). This was the inaugural conference of our new President Amilcar Shabazz & Vice President Alphonso Simpson. Congrats!

03/08/2019
National Council for Black Studies

#WEBDDAFRO John Bracey, Pat Reid Merritt, Maulana Karenga and Bill Dorsey in a special session of #NCBS2019 conference, chaired by Amilcar Shabazz

#NCBS2019 Special Session on the Foundation of Africana Studies

03/08/2019
National Council for Black Studies

National Council for Black Studies

#NCBS2019 Plenary with Ifetayo Obuya, Maulana Karenga, 68-Striker Sharon Jones, and Molefi Kete Asante on "Black Studies at 50: Sankofa Remembrance, Continuous Renewal and Transformative Practice"

National Council for Black Studies
03/07/2019

National Council for Black Studies

#NCBS2019 013. Theorizing Black Internationalism: Music, Activism and Archives Across the 20th Century roundtable discussion on deck

02/27/2019

#Speak2Me of Rivers w/Stephanie Uku Shonekan, Alexis Callender, kara lynch & Kiara Hill

Getting started
02/27/2019

Getting started

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