Amazing work by the AFA 4225 Class and the Omicron Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi in their presentation of a Heavy Crown: Black Hair’s Journey throughout History.



Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn who has been awarded as “Distinguished Affiliate Faculty Member in recognition of valuable contribution to the Center” at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.

On Friday April 19th at 5pm in the Keene Faculty Center in Dauer Hall, the African American Studies Department will co-sponsor a reception to honor Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons who will retire at the end of the spring semester.  Dr. Simmons has been a tireless activist educator for many years as a beginning with her membership in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during her college years.  Since then, she has continued to fight for civil rights, voting rights, economic justice, and community empowerment.  We have been honored to have her as a member of the African American Studies faculty for many years.  She has taught numerous courses such as Key Issues in Black Atlantic Thought, Race and Religion, African American Religion, and Civil Rights and Religion.  We look forward to celebrating her many accomplishments at the University of Florida at the reception honoring her.

AFA 4940, sec. 7D50 :: Meets Tuesdays, periods 2-3 (9:30am-12:15pm)

Students enrolled in this internship will work at the intersections of Ethnic Studies and oral history, conducting interviews, engaging with community members, and helping with the back-end and the public outreach aspects of maintaining a public oral history archive. We will put particular emphasis on the Truth and Reconciliation efforts currently being organized by Alachua County as well as in the town of Newberry, and consider these within the broader context of the history of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions internationally and also specifically within the United States. Oral history gives us a chance to explore subjectivity, interiority, and a vast depth and breadth of meanings and experiences that are often silenced by traditional archives. This internship will help students to develop research and digital humanities skills that can break those silences.

In 2019, the University of Florida’s African American Studies Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary.  The program began in 1969 and selected its first director in 1970.  The late Dr. Ronald Foreman was a tireless advocate for the program from 1970 until his retirement in 2000.  We will host a number of programs this year and will include information on the website.  Please join us as we celebrate the education of individuals about African American life and culture for the last 50 years and our plan to continue doing so in the years to come.

The theme for the year will be “Sankofa: Building Upon the Power of the Past.”  The first event took place on Thursday, January 10th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  The title of this event is “Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Using the Power of Spoken Word” was held in the Harn Museum Auditorium (3259 Hull Road).  Several campus and local community artists honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through spoken word poetry.

On Saturday February 2nd from noon-4pm, the “Herstory” Program will take place at Flavet Field (off of Woodlawn Drive between Museum and Stadium Road).  The UF Group, SISTUHS Inc., will provide moral and educational guidance to women through the theatrical presentation of the African-American Woman’s experiences. The event will showcase black women through black art, hair, music, beauty, health, fashion, and overall the Black culture and experience, with the theme “HerRoots, HerVision, HerStory.”

On Wednesday February 13th, a “Women of Color and the Law” panel discussion will take place in Smathers Library room 100 from 3pm-4:30pm.  Attorneys Tiffani Lee, Julie Liang, and Jany Martinez-Ward will discuss their experiences as women of color in the legal profession.  This event is sponsored through a grant from the Chesterfield Smith Fund at the UF Smathers Library.

On Friday, February 22nd, the annual Dr. Ronald Foreman Lecture will take place with a presentation entitled, “Women of the Black Lives Matter Movement: An Evening with Dr. Stacey Patton and Ms. Lezley McSpadden (Mother of Michael Brown).”  This presentation will take place in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Union from 6pm-8pm.