The Department of African American Studies Program at Valdosta State University is sponsoring an event called Why Black Studies?: A Reflection on Fifty Years and Projections for the Future of the Discipline on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6pm in Jennette Lecture Hall at Valdosta State University. The guest speaker for this event is Dr. Molefi Asante, Professor and Chair, Department of African American Studies at Temple University.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Black Studies programs in the U.S. Their groundbreaking success led the way for the creation of other disciplines such at Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, and Gender Studies. Since their founding, Black Studies, African American Studies, and Africana Studies programs have increased in scope and size, with nearly 400 programs throughout the nation offering doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate, as well as minor programs. Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, a native of Valdosta, has been recognized as one of the ten most widely cited African American scholars. In the 1990s, Black Issues in Higher Education recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in the decade.
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