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  • Black Lives Matter and Music

    In this collection of critical studies co-edited by Stephanie Shonekan, contributors draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to illustrate how music in the Black Lives Matter movement can contribute to public awareness of the injustices in our society.

  • Britt Rusert recognized by the American Studies Association

    Rusert is a finalist for the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for her first book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (New York University Press). Please join us for the book launch of her second book (co-edited with Whitney Battle-Baptiste) W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits Visualizing Black America on Friday, November 2 from 4–6p.m. at the W. E. B. Du Bois Center.



  • Afro-American Studies at UMass

    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.


Upcoming Events: Save the Dates!

January 15, 2019


Wake-Up: Reflections on our Past & Envisioning our Future

January 15, 2019

W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies...

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Speak to Me of Rivers

Fine Arts Center
5:30 pm


Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art

New Africa House Theater Room (#03), 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
4:00 pm


Wake-Up: Reflections on our Past & Envisioning our Future

Amherst Room, Campus Center, UMass Amherst
(All day)

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Speak to Me of Rivers

February 27, 2019

An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in Contemporary African American Art...

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Why Afro-American Studies?

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.

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