UMass Amherst AfroAm

UMass Amherst AfroAm Established in 1970, we remain one of the largest Africana Studies departments in the world offering BA, MA and PhD degrees. We are named for scholar-activist and native son William Edward Burghardt Du Bois born and raised in Western Massachusetts.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies is one of the largest such departments in the country, comprehensively offering a BA major/minor, MA, and PhD degrees for all students who wish in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.

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@Amherst Media is running past MLK Day celebrations held here in town. Live now is Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer who was the...
01/16/2021
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@Amherst Media is running past MLK Day celebrations held here in town. Live now is Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer who was the keynote speaker of the 17th Annual observance (ca 2000)

Amherst Media is a dynamic, community driven, non-profit public access information, communication & technology center.

With an eye towards youth-led movements, UMass Amherst AfroAm joins the Feinberg Series to invite western Mass youth age...
12/16/2020
Dreaming the future… – Planet on a Precipice

With an eye towards youth-led movements, UMass Amherst AfroAm joins the Feinberg Series to invite western Mass youth aged 18 and under to submit to Dreaming the Future, a zine for and by young people. What will the Connecticut River Valley be like in 200 years? How do you stand up for yourself or others?
Produced in collaboration with the Forbes, Jones, and Lilly Libraries, the zine will be released in February in conjunction with the Young People Fighting for Climate Justice panel: https://blogs.umass.edu/.../young-people-fighting-for.../
Find the prompts and details on how to submit (in English and Spanish) here: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/

Dreaming the future… A zine by and for young people In partnership with the 2020-2021 Feinberg Series, the Forbes, Jones, and Lilly Libraries are excited to announce a forthcoming zine about climate dreaming. All Western Massachusetts youth aged 18 and under are encouraged to submit. (Find the ...

This Boston Globe includes the video "I am a statistic" that one of our new Africana studies major appears in. He worked...
12/04/2020
Statistics open eyes to the debate on race - The Boston Globe

This Boston Globe includes the video "I am a statistic" that one of our new Africana studies major appears in. He worked on it with the Mystic Valley Area NAACP branch. Go Abdi! #positive

The Mystic Valley NAACP is hoping its new video — highlighting positive statistics about young black men — goes viral.

A Chester Davis Scholar is named! Ariana Vazquez #WEBDDAFRO
12/01/2020

A Chester Davis Scholar is named! Ariana Vazquez #WEBDDAFRO

Dr. Leamor Kahanov, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. E. Howard Ashford, ...
11/24/2020

Dr. Leamor Kahanov, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. E. Howard Ashford, Assistant Professor in the Africana and Latinx Studies Department, will deliver (virtually) the annual Richard Siegfried Lecture on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Ashford’s lecture entitled “I Am Me: Teaching Identity in the Age of Black Lives Matter and Trump” will be introduced by Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and a Q&A will follow the lecture. Register to attend.

#WEBDDAFRO with about 60 participants, Alex Carter’s dissertation defense is an international affair! #GlobalBlackStudie...
11/18/2020

#WEBDDAFRO with about 60 participants, Alex Carter’s dissertation defense is an international affair! #GlobalBlackStudies

Another 1st Gen #WEBDDAFRO faculty member memorialized on the local landscape: Julius Lester #50YearsOfBlackStudies
11/02/2020

Another 1st Gen #WEBDDAFRO faculty member memorialized on the local landscape: Julius Lester #50YearsOfBlackStudies

A #WEBDDAFRO faculty member from our first decade, Johnnetta Betsch Cole is on the wall in The Mill District!
11/01/2020

A #WEBDDAFRO faculty member from our first decade, Johnnetta Betsch Cole is on the wall in The Mill District!

The #WEBDDAFRO Virtual Symposium has begun!
10/22/2020

The #WEBDDAFRO Virtual Symposium has begun!

10/22/2020
Private video on Vimeo

*TODAY* -- Have you registered?
4:00 p.m. Welcome
McKinley Melton, Alumn Representative
James Smethurst, Interim Chair, W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
Barbara Krauthamer, Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
John McCarthy, Provost
Introduction of the Chancellor by James Smethurst, Interim Chair, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Images from the Augusta Savage Gallery

4:30–6:30 p.m. Proud and Loud Conscious to Woke Rally: Black Lives Matter
A rally comprising student and faculty founders of Black Studies at UMass Amherst and in the Pioneer Valley. Participants will discuss the student movement that resulted in establishing the Du Bois Department and Black Studies in the Valley; they also will address the politics and activism of the 1960s & 1970s and the twenty-first century connections. Audience Q & A

Proud and Loud Founders
Co-moderators: Yęmisi Jimoh and Amilcar Shabazz

https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpc--qrTwrGdWOmObwFLG7m6ZD57M4bJJM

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When the campus reopens new friendly faces will be there to greet you! Title: Helmet Mask.   Date: before 1880?Geography...
10/21/2020

When the campus reopens new friendly faces will be there to greet you! Title: Helmet Mask. Date: before 1880?
Geography: Cameroon, Grassfields region.
Culture: Bamum kingdom. Medium: Wood.
Dimensions: H. 35 x W. 25 x D. 15 3/4 in.
Classification: Sculpture #WEBDDAFRO Golden Anniversary Year

Whitney Battle-Baptiste Britt Rusert Cécile Yez Adam Holmes Amilcar Shabazz John Bracey &c in Du Bois’s words
10/21/2020
The Words of W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) For Our Own Time

Whitney Battle-Baptiste Britt Rusert Cécile Yez Adam Holmes Amilcar Shabazz John Bracey &c in Du Bois’s words

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) produced a vast body of written material - books, poems, articles, speeches, short stories, novels - during his long life. The c...

Bill Strickland joined the #WEBDDAFRO faculty in its first decade. He is the only member of the faculty who was a native...
10/19/2020

Bill Strickland joined the #WEBDDAFRO faculty in its first decade. He is the only member of the faculty who was a native son of Massachusetts. Born in Roxbury, he attended Boston Latin School and Association and then Harvard (shown here outside the dorm he lived in his first year). After earning his BA in Psychology (studying the work of Frantz Fanon), he led Harvard's NAACP chapter and was a "Lecturer in Race Relations." He invited foot soldiers in Mississippi's Black Liberation Movement like Sister Fannie Lou Hamer to speak at Harvard and she invited him to come down South. From 1963-1967, he was the Executive Director of the Northern Student Movement (NSM) working with Jesse Gray on the Harlem rent strikes, introducing Ms. Hamer & Malcolm X &c. He was visiting lecturer of black history at Columbia U. replacing Eric Foner, 1968-69, while vice-chair of the advisory committee for the CBS-TV series "Black Heritage," the first major documentary series on black history in television history. His first visit to UMass happened in 1971, while he was building the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, 1969-1973. He became a faculty member in the Du Bois Department in 1973.

10/16/2020
National Council for Black Studies

National Council for Black Studies

Legislative Update: President Amilcar Shabazz interviews California Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber

Dear AfroAm majors, The deadline for the Chester Davis Scholarship is this upcoming Thursday, October 15th! If you are a...
10/14/2020
Chester Davis Scholarship for AfroAm Majors | W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies | UMass Amherst

Dear AfroAm majors,

The deadline for the Chester Davis Scholarship is this upcoming Thursday, October 15th! If you are a junior or senior and have a 3.0 GPA or higher, please apply! Scholarship is open to both primary and secondary majors.

Full application guidelines and link to application, here: https://www.umass.edu/afroam/news/chester-davis-scholarship-afroam-majors

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch.

10/14/2020
UMass Amherst

Here it is...

Mark your calendars for October 18-24 and join us for spirited, safe, virtual events as part of #UMassHomecoming @HOME!

Bring your best school spirit, cover your social feed in maroon, and call your friends to celebrate together! 🎉🙌

▶️ View the full schedule and REGISTER NOW!

PAHMUSA-The Pan African Historical Museum USA
10/14/2020

PAHMUSA-The Pan African Historical Museum USA

I would like to thank those of you that came to the International Underground Railroad Event. We had an awesome time, especially seeing the Native American Flag raising...
I would also like to give kudos to the character actors that participated; Janine Fondon (Josephine St Pierre) Maris Furlow (Ida B. Wells) Aprell May (Mary Church Terrell) Gloria May Peeler (Gentle Running Deer) Cynthia St Juste (Sanite Belair) The Mocha Org. and others.
And to the Performers, you did wonderful: Terry Reynolds , Dr Amilcar Shabazz , Bonita Oliver , Amber Peterson , Maurice Taylor.
The African Drummers Winston and Trinny be on the lookout for the next on.... COMING SOON!

CMASS at UMASS
10/10/2020

CMASS at UMASS

Telling OUR Stories: The Latinx Diaspora
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
5:30pm
Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97529272066?pwd=ZFgxa2FtQjBKVlRqYTVETVFlbEZUUT09

Please join our panelists as they share their stories and discuss the history of the Latinx Diaspora and Indigenous people.

Guest Speakers: Ellen Correa, Lecturer Civic Engagement & Service Learning (CESL) and Isabel Espinal, Reference Services Librarian for Afro American Studies, Native American Indian Studies and Information Literacy and Agustin Lao Montes, Associate Professor of Sociology and Afro-American Studies

10/09/2020
National Council for Black Studies

National Council for Black Studies

This episode in the Democracy Unchained conversation series faces the topic of America’s original sin of slavery and discusses reparations for Black Americans as an important part of rebuilding democracy in the U.S. Bakari Kitwana talks with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris, Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival co-chair; Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, NCBS President & UMass Amherst AfroAm Professor; Deadria Farmer-Paellman, Executive Director, Restitution Study Group; Betty Lyons, President and Executive Director, American Indian Law Alliance; and, Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener, National African American Reparations Commission - NAARC.

May all be safe and those that are sick have a speedy recovery
10/07/2020
UMass COVID cases rising steadily

May all be safe and those that are sick have a speedy recovery

AMHERST — COVID-19 cases at the University of Massachusetts continued to climb over the weekend, with the university reporting 23 more over the weekend.That brings to 121 the number of those connected with UMass who have tested positive since Aug. 6....

10/02/2020
Difficult Dialogues TV

Difficult Dialogues TV

Today, 4PM EST, join us live for our 1st Friday Reparations Dialogue mobilizing awareness of state-level reparations work. Invited guests include California Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber who just won a huge victory in passing the 1st state reparations law! Also, Massachusetts Senator Jo Comerford and Representative Bud L. Williams, State Representative Mindy Domb and former representative Ben Swan will talk about what's happening in the Bay State. Please share to your networks this live event. #ReparationsNow

#WEBDDAFRO PROUD!
09/26/2020

#WEBDDAFRO PROUD!

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The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies was officially established in 1970, and has grown to become one of the largest Africana Studies departments in the country. We offer BA, MA, and PhD degrees for all students who wish in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora. We are located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in New Africa House. From its beginning our department has been named for the scholar-activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (/duːˈbɔɪs/ doo-BOYSS;[1][2] February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963), the sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the western part of the Bay State, Du Bois attended Fisk University, and went on to complete graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate. He became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

Du Bois is buried in Ghana, where he died on August 27, 1963, in the capital of Accra at the age of 95. The following day, at the March on Washington, speaker Roy Wilkins asked the hundreds of thousands of marchers to honor Du Bois with a moment of silence. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, embodying many of the reforms Du Bois had campaigned for his entire life, was enacted almost a year after his death.

Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah gave Du Bois a state funeral and his former home has been dedicated the W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture in his memory. The UMass library is named for Du Bois and holds his collected papers. The department counts among its former faculty his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois, who worked here before she died in 1977; as well as his stepson David Graham Du Bois. Over the years we have been part of the stewardship of his boyhood homesite just outside of his hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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"Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927" (Columbia University Press) by Jeffrey B. Perry is listed in "Journal of Blacks in Higher Education" - "Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars"
The forthcoming (December 2020) Columbia University Press publication of "Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927" (https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231182638 ) follows "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" ( https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231139113 ). This two-volume biography by Jeffrey B. Perry (www.jeffreybperry.net ), based on extensive use of the Hubert H. Harrison Papers and diary, is believed to be the first full-life, multi-volume, biography of an Afro-Caribbean, and only the fourth of an African American after those of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes. The St. Croix-born, Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) was a brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and activist who combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness, internationalism, and struggle for equality into a potent political radicalism. Harrison's ideas profoundly influenced "New Negro" militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his work is a key link in the two great strands of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle: the labor- and civil-rights movement associated with Randolph and Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist movement associated with Garvey and Malcolm X. The second volume of this acclaimed ( https://www.jeffreybperry.net/disc.htm ) biography traces the final decade of Harrison's life, from 1918 to 1927. It details Harrison's literary and political activities, foregrounding his efforts against white supremacy and for racial consciousness and unity in struggles for equality and radical social change. The book explores Harrison's role in the militant “New Negro Movement” and with the International Colored Unity League, as well as his prolific work as a writer, educator for the New York City Board of Education, and editor of the New Negro and the Negro World. It also examines his interactions with major figures such as Garvey, Randolph, Du Bois, Cyril Briggs, W. A Domingo, Richard B. Moore, Claude McKay, John E. Bruce, J. A. Rogers, Eugene O’Neill, Elizabeth Hendrickson, D. Hamilton Jackson, Rothschild Francis, Casper Holstein, Alain Leroy Locke, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Augusta Savage, William Pickens, Willis Huggins, Williana Jones Burroughs, Arthur Schomburg, and other prominent individuals and organizations as he agitated, educated, wrote and organized for democracy and equality from a race-conscious, radical internationalist perspective. This biography demonstrates how Harrison's life and work continue to offer profound insights on race, class, war, religion, literature, theatre, immigration, democracy, and social change in America. These two volumes can be ordered from Columbia University Press at 20% discount by using Code “CUP20”. Please share this information with others and please encourage your public library and your college and/or university library to include the Harrison biography in their collections so current and future generations can learn from the life of Hubert Harrison.
This video presentation on Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race” just passed 160,000 views. People are strongly encouraged to take time with it (the focus on Allen and his work runs from 9:30 to 1:24:23). You can stop it anywhere and come back later) and share it with others. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH OTHERS. See https://youtu.be/2Gq77rOuZck SPECIAL SALE –30% off paperback (with free ebook) from Verso Books of Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race” Vol. 2 "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo America" (expanded with new introductions and study guide) https://www.versobooks.com/books/1048-the-invention-of-the-white-race-volume-2 See also https://www.jeffreybperry.net/6__the_invention_of_the_br_white_race__b___font___font___i__br_volume_2__br__i_th_116387.htm For an in-depth treatment of the development of the work of Theodore W. Allen see “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” in PDF format at the TOP LEFT at http://www.jeffreybperry.net (on Allen see pp. 1-5, 8-12, 30-115) See also https://www.jeffreybperry.net/4__theodore_w__allen_br___b___font___font___center__86151.htm Theodore W. Allen’s Papers have been placed at the UMass – Amherst Archives where they are currently being processed with much planned digitization and will stand along with the Papers of W.E.B. Du Bois and others. See the preliminary posting here -- http://scua.library.umass.edu/umarmot/allen-theodore-w-1919-2005/ For information on Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race” Volume I: “Racial Oppression and Social Control" (expanded with new introductions and study guide) See https://www.jeffreybperry.net/5__the_invention_of_the_br_white_race__b___font___font___i__br_volume_1__br__i_ra_116386.htm For information on the forthcoming Jeffrey B. Perry, “Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927” see https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231182638 where the book can be ordered from Columbia University Press at a 20% discount by using coupon code CUP20
April 27th Marks the 137th Anniversary of the Birth of Hubert Harrison the “Father of Harlem Radicalism,” Founder of the First Organization and First Newspaper of the Militant “New Negro Movement,” and “Radical Internationalist.” St Croix-born, Harlem-based Hubert H. Harrison (April 27, 1883-December 17, 1927) was a brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and radical political activist. Interest in his life and work continues to grow. For comments from scholars and activists on "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" (Columbia University Press) see http://www.jeffreybperry.net/disc.htm and see https://www.jeffreybperry.net/bio.htm For information on "A Hubert Harrison Reader" (Wesleyan University Press) see https://www.jeffreybperry.net/2___i_a_hubert_harrison_reader__i___b___font___font___center__86148.htm and to order the book see https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/a-hubert-harrison-reader-harrison-perry/ For information on the new, Diasporic Africa Press expanded edition of Hubert H. Harrison's “When Africa Awakes: The 'Inside Story’ of the Stirrings and Strivings of the New Negro in the Western World” and to purchase the book see https://dafricapress.com/When-Africa-Awakes-The-Inside-Story-of-the-Stirrings-and-Strivings-of-the-New-Negro-in-the-Western-World-p56608720? For a video of a Slide Presentation/Talk on Hubert Harrison see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heBKm1ytd5Q For articles, audios, and videos by and about Hubert Harrison see https://www.jeffreybperry.net/3__hubert_harrison_br___b___font___font___center__86150.htm For a link to the Hubert H. Harrison Papers Digital Collection online at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library see https://dlc.library.columbia.edu/sites/hubert_h_harrison For a Finding Aid to the Hubert Harrison Papers at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library seehttp://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/Harrison_Hubert_H.pdf For information on the forthcoming “Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927” that will be available later this year see http://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231182638
#WEBDDAFRO alumni news
UMASS Afro-Am alum Dr. Kabria Baumgartner named a 2020 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Posted by my friend Taj Smith, a UMass Amherst alum. Please share!
#AfricanaStudiesToday is a new project that Demetria Shabazz & I are excited to launch in 2020. This inaugural episode was taped in the Underground Theater
I attended Professor Femi Richards’ remembrance event in Harlem, NY yesterday, August 4 . I happily represented #UMassAmherstAfroAm. I spoke about what he meant to students, both graduate and undergraduate. I also spoke about what he meant to me as a friend and mentor for the past twenty-three years. It was he who taught me how to be an academic. The occasion was a bittersweet. However, I think Professor Richards would be pleased to know so many people appreciated, admired and loved him in life. #FatherOfHundreds #WEBDDAFRO
I attended Professor Femi Richards’ remembrance event in Harlem, NY yesterday, August 4 . I happily represented #UMassAmherstAfroAm. I spoke about what he meant to students, both graduate and undergraduate. I also spoke about what he meant to me as a friend and mentor for the past twenty-three years. It was he who taught me how to be an academic. The occasion was a bittersweet. However, I think Professor Richards would be pleased to know so many people appreciated, admired and loved him in life. #FatherOfHundreds #WEBDDAFRO
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. Harlem In Color Photographs by Carl Van Vechten. Courtesy of the Carl Van Vechten Trust/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
The full program for #CLPP2019 is now online! Register now to attend workshops on topics including sex work, immigrant justice, white supremacy, queering RJ, clinics and abortion access, youth activism, funding, environmental justice, & so much more! https://www.facebook.com/events/335415310309473/