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  • Symposium and Memorial Honoring the Life and Work of Professor John Bracey

    The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies will host a symposium in Professor Bracey's honor on Friday, October 20th from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm in the Integrative Learning Center (ILC), Room S140.  The campus wide memorial for Professor Bracey will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th floor).   
    Submit your memories of Professor Bracey here.

  • Karl Lyn - 2023 Recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

    We are pleased to announce that one of our amazing PhD students, Karl Lyn, has been named a 2023 recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Out of over 1900 applications, reviewed by panels composed of highly qualified science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities scholars from across the nation, Karl was selected as one of 90 awardees. The fellowship will provide him with an annual stipend for three years to support his academic progress and an invitation to participate in the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Read more ⇒

  • Afro-American Studies at UMass

    What can I do with a major in Afro-American Studies?
    As an Afro-American Studies major, you will gain skills in project development, research and analysis, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, problem solving and writing—all skills employers look for in new hires. The undergraduate degree in Afro-American Studies prepares you for the complex challenges that face our communities, country, and the world in the 20th century.  Find out more⇒


In Memoriam - Demetria Shabazz

September 26, 2023

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague Professor Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz.  Her obituary was published on Sept. 19, 2023 as shown below....

African American Studies Teacher Enrichment Workshop Series

August 22, 2023

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Symposium Honoring The Life & Work of Professor John H. Bracey, Jr.

Integrative Learning Center (ILC), Room S140, North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003
10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Memorial Honoring The Life & Work of Professor John H. Bracey, Jr.

Amherst Room, Campus Center, Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003
10:00 am to 3:00 pm


African American Studies Teacher Enrichment Workshop Series

101 Furculo, College of Education 813 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Chayanne Chataigne, UMass Amherst Class of '21
Alumni Profile

Chayanne Chataigne '21

A resident of Worcester, MA, Chayanne Chataigne decided on UMass Amherst due to its proximity to home and financial aid offerings. Chayanne was initially a psychology major, but during the fall of her first year she took a general education course on Afro-American history from 1619 to 1860. In the spring, she took Introduction to Black Studies. Eventually, she made the decision to add the Black Studies major to enrich her academic path. She graduates with a dual degree in psychology and Afro-Am Studies. 

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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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