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If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount in support of the UCLA Department of African American Studies this Black History Month. Every gift directly supports our students leading the way in working to understand the intricacies of the Black experience both locally and globally and ensures that Black scholarship continues to thrive at UCLA. With as little as $5, you can help empower our undergraduate and graduate students to continue exploring the ways that Black life intersects with the most critical issues of our time.
The UCLA Department of African American Studies has a history that is deeply intertwined with the long legacy of social justice activism at UCLA. Amidst larger civil rights struggles unfolding across the nation, the late 1960’s bore witness to a current of Black student activism at UCLA aimed at gaining recognition for the study of Black life, and in 1969 the university introduced an undergraduate major in African American Studies. A graduate program followed in 1980, and the nation’s first M.A./J.D. program in African American Studies was introduced in 2003. These programs came together as an official academic department in 2014, providing an academic home for the study of the Black experience at UCLA.
Today, the UCLA Department of African American Studies serves as a critical hub for groundbreaking Black scholarship. With 35 faculty members and 70 students across its graduate and undergraduate programs, the department provides an innovative, interdisciplinary education in the histories, cultures, politics, and intellectual traditions of the African Diaspora. Throughout the department’s evolution, its mission has remained centered on activism and the importance of social justice in recognizing the needs and experiences of the Black community, both in Los Angeles and around the world. Your support allows our students and faculty to further this mission through community-engaged scholarship addressing urgent questions that define the Black experience.
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In honor of our three degree programs -- B.A., M.A., and M.A./J.D.
In honor of the establishment of the African American Studies Department in 2014
In honor of the 35 faculty members that make up the African American Studies Department
In honor of the 70 undergraduate and graduate students in the African American Studies Department
In honor of what awaits for the African American Studies Department in the year ahead