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Last Update: 2/2/16

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Mission Statement

Africana studies offers a broad, interdisciplinary program. The curriculum covers a variety of subjects pertaining to Africa and the African Diaspora. The major establishes a strong academic foundation that can lead directly into a career or into graduate study in a variety of fields. It also creates linkages between the university community and the broader community by developing frameworks for social change. In short, the major seeks to provide a well-rounded educational experience. Courses offered in Africana studies are available to all who are interested.

What Can I Do with a Black Studies Degree?

Here is a list that of noteworthy people who majored in Black Studies and what they did with their degrees.

>>View the guide (.pdf)

The Black National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing" --often called "The Black National Anthem" -- was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Lincoln's Birthday on February 12, 1900 by 500 school children at the segregated Stanton School. Its principal, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words to introduce its honored guest Booker T. Washington. The poem was later set to music by Johnson's brother John in 1905. Singing this song quickly became a way for African Americans to demonstrate their patriotism and hope for the future.

View the lyrics to the song (.pdf)

Contact Information

Departmental Office

Location: AL-373
Phone: (619) 594-6531
Mail Code: 6032
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Department Chair

Charles Toombs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department Academic Advisor

Charles Toombs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Administrative Coordinator

Kaia Brown, M.Ed
Phone: (619) 594-5341

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