50 Years of African American Studies

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of African American Studies courses coming to college campuses across the country. The City Tech Library was proud to offer our support the African American Studies Department as they celebrated with a series of displays and events that took place during Black History Month.

The Department sponsored an exhibit of materials related to Zora Neale Hurston and her unique contributions to anthropology, literature, and folklore. There was an opening ceremony for the exhibit on February 5th and the exhibit ran through the month of February.

Professor Clyde participated in this years’ National African American Read-In event held at the City Tech Academic Complex on February 14th. City Tech students, faculty and staff read excerpts from seminal Africana texts.

The celebration of Black History Month ended with a keynote event featured author T.R. Simon and musician/composer Khuent Rose. City Tech students presented during the community conversation that focused on storytelling in Africana communities.

There was an incredible amount of academic innovation in the field over the last 50 years and this changed academia and the culture at large.  It is particularly exciting to
envision where the field will be in the next 50 years.

Visit African American Studies at City Tech online for course listings, student resources, and to learn how to qualify for the AFR Option on your Associate degree.


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