Resident Blackness; an Oral History of Richmond

African American Studies

Resident Blackness; an Oral History of Richmond

Many universities have skeletons in their closets, and VCU is no exception. During the construction of the MCV campus in 1994, human bones and artifacts from the 19th century were discovered in an abandoned well on East Marshall Street. The remains included the bodies of at least 44 adults and nine children and were primarily […]

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Students Make Black History

The Department of African American Studies honors exemplary African American students across the university every year for their academic excellence and community engagement with the Black History in the Making Award. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance, this award is organized by the Department of African American Studies, and recipients are nominated by their […]

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Black History in the Making Awards 2018

On Wednesday, February 28, the Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making award ceremony, honoring 46 students from departments and programs across VCU. The Black History in the Making award was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance, then the coordinator of the African American Studies program. The award […]

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African American Studies Department Hosts Pop-Up Gallery

Upon entering the first floor of Harrison House, visitors to the Department of African American Studies were greeted by a striking painting of a beautiful, naked woman during the Department’s October pop-up gallery. The woman’s head is tilted back in an expression of ecstasy, her arms bound to her sides by red ropes as disembodied […]

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Former Black Panthers Lecture at VCU

“I’m just really sick and tired of being sick and tired of watching us die, and I’ve been seeing it all my life,” said Pamela Hanna, a former Black Panther Party member addressing a crowd of gathered students. The Department of African American Studies at VCU organized a panel discussion with three former members of […]

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The Role of Museums in Addressing Healing, History and Culture

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, VCUArts Depot African American Studies along with History presents, The Role of Museums in Addressing Healing, History and Culture on Thursday, April 7th featuring Dr. John W. Franklin, the Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. […]

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2015 December Diploma Ceremonies

Congratulations to all of our upcoming graduates!  If you haven’t already done so please make sure you know all of the details like time and location for your department’s diploma ceremony by visiting the VCU Commencement site and on the Departmental Ceremonies page. If you have a question about your ceremony please contact your department’s […]

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Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Monday, Nov. 23rd at The Depot, The Humanities Research Center, African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the School of the Arts presents “Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul”.  The event will begin at 4:00pm, admission is free and all are welcome. Speaker and Author, Tanisha Ford, will […]

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Dr. Kimberly Brown New Interim Chair of AFAM

From Interim Dean Alison Baski: I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kimberly Brown has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of African American Studies beginning August 10. Dr. Brown has served since 2013 as Chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU and she will continue in […]

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African American Studies Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series: Adam Ewing

March 23 12:30-2 pm Depot Studio, 2nd Floor African American Studies Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series features Adam Ewing, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at VCU.

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