Africology and African American Studies News

Having more African American students than any other Northeastern University means Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts has more opportunities for more interesting stories. The College is proud to call Philadelphia, a majority-minority city, home. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting happenings from the students, alumni and faculty members who make the Department of Africology and African American Studies the uniquely thought-provoking and problem-solving department that it is. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

photo of black soldiers from the American Civil War

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a “day on, not a day off.” The College of Liberal Arts wants to hear about how you’re spending this Day of Service and see you at next month’s virtual Underground Railroad and Black History Conference.

“A riot is the language of the unheard. America has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.” It had begun long before George Floyd’s senseless killing by a white police officer on May 25, 2020. Since Michael Brown’s shooting in 2014 several Black men and women had died at the hands of police. Yet George Floyd united Americans against police brutality while his last words “I can’t breathe” became the slogan for millions of protesters around the world.

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We are pleased to announce the University of South Africa's awarding of the honorary doctorate to Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Professor and Department Chair. Congratulations from the faculty and students of the Africology Department. You can view Dr. Asante’s speech!

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The Department of Africology and African American Studies extends congratulations to Dr. Timothy E. Sams! He is a veteran administrator with a track record of student-focused leadership and success and has been named president at SUNY Old Westbury by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Dr. Timothy E. Sams received his PhD in AAAS in 2010.