The Community Forum on Critical Issues in Black Richmond

African American Studies

The Community Forum on Critical Issues in Black Richmond

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Please join us for the spring 2019 kickoff meeting of The Community Forum, a seminar series devoted to critical discussions about Black life in Richmond and beyond. This special presentation, titled Awareness—Protection—Involvement, utilizes theater, poetry, martial arts and audience interactive engagement to explore the past and present of Black Richmond and […]

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Dark Girls: The Story of Color, Gender and Race

Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00 p.m. Singleton Center 322 Park Avenue Join us for a screening of Dark Girls, a film by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. Dark Girls explores the intersection of color, gender and race and the effects of racism and colorism on the lives of contemporary dark-skinned women. The screening will […]

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Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter

Thursday, December 6, 2018 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Department of African American Studies presents a talk and book signing with Bol Gai Deng. Deng, a VCU alumnus who came to the U.S. as a Sudanese refugee in 1999. A passionate advocate for African refugees, he is currently running for president of South Sudan […]

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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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