A history of African American Studies at UNCG

Posted on November 04, 2021

Archival photo of two african american women
Masked man speaks at podium
Dr. Armondo Collins, a lecturer in African American and African Diaspora Studies, speaks at the diversity award presentation.


On September 29, 2021, UNC Greensboro’s African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program was presented with the Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusiveness. This annual award by UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences recognizes initiatives, programs, or departments that exemplify a commitment to creating an inclusive environment for education.

Starting from a loosely constructed Black Studies minor in the early 1980s, the AADS program has grown to include not only a minor, but also a bachelor of arts degree, full-time dedicated faculty, and a robust academic conference.

Here we trace the history of the program, including key events in the university’s history that were fundamental in its development.


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Story by Elizabeth Keri, College of Arts & Sciences
Archival photography courtesy of UNCG’s University Archives
Contemporary photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

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