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Department Supports Increased Black Student Enrollment

Posted Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Recently, a variety of student groups under the umbrella of the Black United Front have proposed "Project 1000," with the goal of increasing black undergraduate enrollment at UIUC. The Department of African American Studies wholeheartedly supports this goal so that our undergraduate student body more accurately reflects the demographics of the State of Illinois. Click below for our full statement of support.

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Department to Sponsor "Freedom Forum" Discussion

Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017

In our tradition of organizing events to engage the community, students, faculty, and staff on important and timely issues, the Department of African American Studies will be sponsoring a "Freedom Forum" discussion on the topic of "Toward Black Liberation in the Era of Trump." The event will take place on Tuesday February 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive in Champaign. For more information, email Professor McDuffie emcduffi@illinois.edu or see /blog/files/7414/499150/107390.pdf

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Mendenhall and McKee use Supercomputers to Uncover Lost Black Women's History

Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017

Dr. Ruby Mendenhall and Dr. Malaika McKee were recently interviewed by Scientific Computing to discuss their exciting research project using the power of supercomputers and Big Data to help us better understand the history of black women in the United States.

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Professor McDuffie discusses research on Garveyism and Malcolm X

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2016

Professor Eric McDuffie recently spoke with LAS News to discuss his research on Garveyism, the family of Malcolm X, and the importance of black women in the struggle for civil rights.

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"A Minute With....Sundiata Cha-Jua" Regarding the Film "Selma"

Posted Wed, 14 Jan 2015

Just say the name “Selma,” and anyone who knows the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s will know what you mean. It was on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in that Alabama city almost 50 years ago (March 7, 1965) that peaceful marchers were beaten back with billy clubs wielded by state and local lawmen. Captured on network television news, it would become known as “Bloody Sunday.” The movie “Selma,” which opened nationwide last Friday (Jan. 9), tells the story of that day and events before and after, which would prompt passage of the Voting Rights Act that summer. Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African-American studies at Illinois, teaches courses on both the civil rights movement and African-Americans in film. He talked about the film and the history with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.

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