Tag Archives: African-American Studies

The Geography of Resistance: Free Black Communities & the Underground Railroad

unnamed-43From Savannah Turner 16:

21st Annual CAAS Distinguished Lecture to be delivered by Dr. Cheryl LaRoche, archaeologist and historian from University of Maryland College Park. Join us to learn more about community activism. African-American leadership, and the fight to end slavery.

*Reception to follow

Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: CAAS, Vanguard Lounge

AFAM Open House

afamsquareSavannah Turner ’15 writes in:

Want to learn more about AFAM at Wes? Join us for the African-American Studies Prospective Majors Open House Thursday, February 26th at 12:15pm in CAAS Lounge (343 High Street).

Current majors will be present to discuss their experiences and highlight the disciplinary diversity of the program. AFAM is a program were students and faculty develop strong relationships with one another, allowing for open dialogue inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to meeting you. Bring any and all questions.

Lunch will be catered by Sweet Harmony one of Middletown’s best! Sweet Harmony is a POC owned business located on Main Street. Join us in experiencing their inventive savory pastries, almost famous macaroons, and much more! Vegetarian and meat options will be served. Special prize for AFAM major who brings the most people and/or sponsors the most new signees.

Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:15-1 PM
Place: the CAAS Lounge (343 High Street)

BREAKING: #AFAMisWhy is Marching on Wesleyan

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Beginning at noon today from the Science Library, students have been marching across campus in protest of the administration’s lack of support for African American Studies. This comes at the heels of a massive petition campaign, where other members of the Wesleyan community were encouraged to add their names to a resolution calling for the Provost to prioritize faculty hires in AFAM, to fill the empty lines that are in AFAM currently, as well as demanding a response from President Roth or Provost Ruth Striegel Weissman.

This resolution previously passed the Wesleyan Student Assembly on May 4th, when the WSA decided to suspend their bylaws (in which they are not allowed to vote on a resolution introduced that same day) to vote on the resolution the day of. The resolution passed unanimously and within a week’s time, has garnered over 850 additional signatures from the community.

The March today, entitled “March on Wesleyan,” moved from SciLi into Olin, then across Foss, through Admissions and Usdan, then through North College and ending at South College. Along the way, everyone chanted various phrases, as well as singing the following version of the fight song:


Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.

Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.

Representations of Blackness in Popular Culture: Sports Culture and the Spectacle of the Black Athlete

Christian Hosam ’15 sends in:

Join Professors Leah Wright and Sarah Mahurin for the second part of their four part series on Representations of Blackness in Popular Culture. The topic is on Sports Culture and will feature Washington Redskins Defensive Lineman Chris Baker.

*Refreshments Served*

Date: TODAY, March 4th
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African-American Studies
Cost: Free!

Panel Discussion: Youth Activism for Reproductive Justice

Zak Kirwood ’14 writes in:

As part of the Week for Reproductive Justice, Tuesday there will be a panel discussion about Youth Activism  and Reproductive Justice. Don’t miss it!

On the panel are Lauren Casey, Coordinator of the CLP Conference at Hampshire College; Courtney Hooks, a legal advocate with Justice Now who works on reproductive justice issues in the prison system; Kathleen Adams, the co founder of Mama’s Hip Hop Kitchen; and Liana Brown, a community educator at Planned Parenthood.

Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Center for African American Studies, Vanguard Loung
Cost: Free

Movement Building in the Belly of the Beast: Organizing in the Nonprofit Era

Meggie McGuire ’10 writes in about a conversation and workshop with Lex Horan ’10:

As non-profit organizations multiply, more and more people are questioning the ways that non-profits manage and limit social movements, within the U.S. and around the world. What are the opportunities and dangers in the non-profit model? How does thinking about activism as a “career” keep us from building mass movements? How does funding impact the politics and structures of organizations? Most importantly, how do we keep our organizing creative and fierce in this context? In this workshop, we’ll learn, critique, brainstorm, and look beyond the non-profit industrial complex to think about how we can build movements that win.

CAAS Presents: First Book Series

Danielle McGuire, Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State University, will give a talk tomorrow on her book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf).

From the book’s website:

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the Civil Rights movement.

The truth of who Rosa Parks was and what really lay beneath the 1955 boycott is far different from anything previously written.

The talk marks the start of the Center for African American Studies’ First Book Series, which will “welcome trailblazing scholars whose first book projects are making and will make significant contributions to the field of African-American Studies”. It will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, Sept 22
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies, Vanguard Lounge
Cost: NA