One of four professors to receive the honor, Professor Tracy was recognized as an authority on African-American literature and the blues.
Du Bois’ central conceptual theme is eloquently captured by his most widely quoted pronouncement: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” It would be equally true to say that the problem of the entire sweep of American history and society is the problem of the color line, for from the earliest Colonial days to the present, the role, status and treatment of the African slaves and their descendants have been at the heart of the American story.
One of the largest departments of its kind, the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies serves students seeking in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.
January 25, 2017
As a UMass student, Kevin Harrington ’16 found bright new galaxies that produce one star every hour. By Judith B. Cameron '16G Outrageously luminous and 10 billion years old—facts sound like...
May 03, 2016
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Steve Tracy of Amherst, MA will be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for a...
Our department is named for the great intellectual, a native of our Western Massachusetts region, who was the first academic scholar to pioneer the systematic study of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout world. To earn a degree in Afro-American Studies, to take courses leading to a certificate or a minor is to follow in W.E.B. Du Bois’ footsteps of academic excellence and social responsibility.Read More »