Africana Studies Program
"Established in the Fall of 1997 as an undergraduate, academic unit within Arts & Sciences, Africana Studies, at the College of William and Mary, provides an interdisciplinary framework for examining the experiences of people of African heritage. The curriculum engages students in the critical examination of black diasporic cultural traditions and race relations in Africa, the Caribbean Basin and especially North America; Black Studies regards black people and their cultures as essential, organic components of the societies in which they live. The major and minor in Black Studies draw on fields such as history, sociology, economics, anthropology, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts."
The first program director, according the 1997-98 Undergraduate catalog, was Jacquelyn McLendon, currently a professor in the English department and Black Studies. Dr. McLendon specializes in African American literature, with an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance and women's literature. She has published a book on the first African American poet, Phillis Wheatley, entitled Phillis Wheatley: A Revolutionary Poet.
- Africana Studies Program website, http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/index.php
- Black Studies Program, The College of William and Mary Undergraduate Catalog, 1997-1998, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- The Flat Hat student newspaper; search the index available in the SCRC by person's name, student group name, event, or topical heading
- Colonial Echo yearbook
- Stony the Road We Trod Project: These oral history interviews by Jenay Jackson in 2005 documented information about the Black Studies Program and the experiences of African American Students at the College of William and Mary.
- SCRC Collections Database: search by names, organization, subject, event, etc.
- Search the William and Mary digital repository for additional material.
- To search for further material, see Finding Materials in the SCRC for an introduction to the SCRC Collections Database, card catalogs, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, etc.
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