William Stafford, Esther Terry, John Bracey and William Baldwin

Point of Presence

Explore the UMass Black Presence website.

With over 40 interviews and profiles, the UMass Black Presence website tells the remarkable story of the Black faculty, staff, alumni and students who contributed to our international reputation for excellence throughout our history.

The UMass Black Presence website acknowledges and celebrates our Black faculty, alumni, students and staff and the significant impact they have had throughout our nearly 160-year history, and I encourage you to take some time to explore this exceptional campus resource.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

The rich oral history interviews, conducted over the past several semesters, were led by John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, with Erika Slocumb, Afro-American doctoral candidate and students enrolled in Black Presence at UMass, Part I and Part II.

This exciting living history launches a dynamic, ever-expanding testimony and celebration, told through the voices of the campus community.

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