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"400 Years Later: 1619 and its Aftermath"


An October 1, 2019 Panel Discussion


Presented by 

the Department of Africology and African American Studies

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan


Date: October 1,  2019

Time: 5pm to 7:30pm

Location: Student Center, Rm. 310B


--LBC Credit Approved--

An explanatory backdrop

The year 1619 marked the first documented shipment of 20 Africans, whom history either describes as indentured laborers or as captives to the English-speaking colony of what was to become Virginia on a Dutch ship that ferried them from the West Coast of Africa. The shipment at stake occurred in August, 1619. This is why that year 1619 holds a special meaning in African American historiography.

For questions, call 734.487.3460.

Aubree's April 9 Dine to Donate to AAAS

Dear Friend of AAAS:
We would love for you to participate in an April 9, 2019 "Dine & Donate to AAAS" partnership that we have set up with Aubree 's Pizzeria & Grill, which is located in near-by Depot Town at 39 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 (734)-483-1870. As agreed upon, 15% of your bill will be donated to the Development Fund of the Department of Africology and African American Studies. Open, print out Aubree's Dine to Donate to AAAS [PDF] and take it with you to Aubree's.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

From 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Halle Library - Carillon Room

The Department of Africology and African American Studies invites you to its 2019 Honors Convocation.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What is Racism?

From noon to 2 p.m.
McKenny Hall - Alumni Room

What is Racism? is a Black History Month dialogue by an EMU panel of experts.

LBC Approved

Thursday, February 17, 2019

We strongly condemn the Black Doll Incident.
We in the Department of Africology and African American Studies condemn, in the strongest terms, the recent black doll incident that occurred inside one of EMU's student resident halls. We abhor any and all forms of expression of hate and intimidation, whether perpetrated overtly or covertly, and regardless of the skin color or gender of the perpetrator or the skin color or gender of the victim/s.

We must never attempt to cover-up, excuse, rationalize, defend, or protect hate in any shape or form. As the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us, "injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." We must never condone injustice because the victim is not "one of us." We must never form alliances (temporary or permanent ones) or collaborate with overt and covert forces and instruments of hate or conspire with comrades-in-arms on hate to subvert justice or to victimize the vulnerable.

Each one of us is entitled to equal protection of the law. Each one of us is entitled to our God-given and inalienable dignity of our personhood. No human life is worth more or worth less than the other!

Let us also be careful not to either under-react or over-react, for, as history teaches, sometimes, when cornered, real and dangerous enemies of racial amity (such as merchants of conflict)–who, perhaps all along, have been malignantly operating under the shadows–deploy and float symbolic weapons of intimidation, mass confusion and mass discord–in order to instigate conflict (otherwise known as manufactured conflict) so as to divert attention from real problems and real acts of intentional bigotry. Be careful not to become an unwitting tool in the arsenal of such shadowy demons!

We urge the authorities to be sure to see to it that appropriate steps are taken to reassure our student community, particularly African American and other students of color, that our campus is safe and welcoming for all, and that all of our constitutional rights and all of our human rights are respected at all times. We, in Africology and African American studies, stand ready to support our student community as the university leadership proceeds with specific actions to resolve this matter. Our offices are open (8 a.m. to 5 p.m on weekdays) to any student who wishes to visit and talk about this undesirable situation. We also look forward to our scheduled Feb. 21, 2019 Black History Month expert panel dialogue on "What is Racism?"

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hearty Congratulations to Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon

Please, join us in extending hearty congratulations to Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon, Assistant Professor of Africology and African American Studies on her latest journal publication: exploring the evolution of the vernacular in contemporary Haiti.


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