In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of African and African American Studies, formerly known as Afro-American Studies, we are partnering with the Harvard Alumni Association on a commemorative “Red Book,” featuring reflective essays by alumni, faculty, and administrators. All alumni who were instrumental in the founding of the department and alumni who concentrated in African and African American studies at the College/GSAS are invited to participate in this book.
Please reflect on and share your experiences in the department, looking back and looking forward, for publication in the Red Book. Your story is an important and valuable part of our 50-year history, providing a unique depth and richness to both the personal and communal impact and global reach of the African and African American experience and scholarship. This commemorative Red Book is a first for us, and I encourage you to read Harvard Magazine’s “Red Books, Raw Gems” to understand why the Red Book tradition is important. The deadline to participate in the book is April 30, 2020.
Wale Adebanwi, Director of the African Studies Centre; Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford
Emmanuel Akyeampong, Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies, Harvard University
Martha Biondi, Lorraine H. Morton Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History; Director of the Center for African American History, Northwestern University
Lawrence D. Bobo, Dean of Social Science; W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Carole Boyce-Davies, Professor of Africana Studies and English, Cornell University
Sulee Stinson Clay, ’92, Chair of the Corporate Group and Managing Partner at McKennon, Shelton & Henn LLP
Lee A. Daniels. ’71, Journalist and Writer
Sangu Delle, ’10, Entrepreneur, investor, and author; Managing Director of Africa Health Holdings
Henry Louis Gates Jr.,, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor; Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Farah Jasmine Griffin, ‘85, Chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Chair of the Department of History; Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Elizabeth Hinton, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Jeffrey P. Howard, ’69, Founder and President of the Efficacy Institute
Octavia Hudson, ‘71, CEO, Weall Media
Myles V. Lynk, ‘71, Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Ingrid Monson, Chair of the Department of Music; Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, supported by the Time Warner Endowment; Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Jennifer C. Nash, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University
Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, ‘00, Writer and journalist
Henry Rosovsky, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Emeritus, Geyser University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Barbara Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Tommie Shelby, Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
Olufemi Táíwò, Professor of African Political Thought and Department Chair at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
Brandon M. Terry, ’05, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and of Social Studies, Harvard University
Terence Carter, ’01, Co-President, Head of TV, Westbrook Studios
Aurora Vergara-Figueroa, Director(a) del Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos, Universidad Icesi
Cornel West, '74, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University
AAAS Video Tribute Project
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of African and African American Studies, formerly known as Afro-American Studies, all alumni who were instrumental in the founding of the department, and alumni who concentrated in African and African American studies at the College/GSAS, are invited to share their experience in the department by recording a brief video (one to three minutes long) by February 21, 2020.
The collected videos will be edited and viewed during the two-day 50th Anniversary Symposium (February 28–29, 2020), and a larger video compilation will be available for viewing on the department's website.
It will only take a few minutes to film and submit your video. Thank you for your participation in this project and being a part of this very special moment in time for our department.
The prompts below can get you started...
* How did your time in African and African American Studies shape your life?
* What was the impact of your educational experiences in AAAS, personally and/or professionally?
Record your one-to-three minute video at https://www.tribute.co/aaas50/
Hutchins Center: Gallery Exhibit and Reception
“The Extraordinary Commission: Student Activism and the Birth of Afro-American Studies at Harvard.”
Exhibition dates: February 28, 2020 - June 30, 2020
Opening Reception on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 6:00pm.
Photo by Leonard McCombe
The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
African American Harvard students holding placards during a protest against the Vietnam War and in support of a Black Studies curriculum at Harvard University.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 1969