Historical Note

The Afro-American Studies Program was designed as an interdisciplinary program to "focus on the history and culture of the Afro-American community – its roots in Africa, its experience in America, the difficulties it faces as an increasingly urban minority, socially and economically underprivileged, and the nature of the problems with which it confronts white America." (College Bulletin, 1969/70) The Program has been in existence since the 1969/70 academic year, changing its name to the African-American Studies Program in 2000. The teaching faculty is drawn from different departments, including English, History, Music, Art, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre. The Program was administered by the following Chairs during the period covered by these records: Joseph E. Harris (1970/1-1971/2, 1974/5), Robert Stepto (1972/3 acting), Reginald Gilliam (1973/4 acting), Williams Exum (fall 1976), Eileen Julien (spring 1977 acting), Melvin Dixon (1977/8-1978/9), Gail Peek (1979/80), and Dennis Dickerson (1980/1-1982/3, 1984/5).

Afro-American Studies Program Records, 1965-1980,n.d.

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