AAAS News and Events


The Department of Africology and African American Studies







“An Exhibition of African American Poetry and the Music of Art Tatum”




Featuring the works of New Works Writers Series





When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5pm to 7pm



Where: Room 204 Pray Harrold



-Free Refreshments-


 -LBC Credit Approved-


For Questions, contact Fred Daniels, 734.487-3460.









The Department of Africology and African American Studies



Invites You



To its


2020 Honors Convocation



Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Time: 5pm to 6:30pm


***Free Refreshments***


Location: Carillon Room, Halle library

Eastern Michigan University





For questions, contact Fred Daniels, 734.487.3460.




“The History of Black Business in America”

A Black History Month Lecture by author and film-maker Anthony Brogdon.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 5–7 p.m., Room 204 Pray Harrold

LBC Credit Approved

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs a State of Michigan Proclamation in Honor of Retired Professor Ronald Woods.

Assistant Professor of Africology & African American Studies

General Summary

The Department of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan
University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Africology and African American Studies who focuses upon social/cultural and/or behavioral issues in the discipline. Salary depends on qualifications. The department recently launched a Master of Arts in Africology and African American Studies. It also houses a Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies, and two certificate programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • A demonstrated capacity for effective teaching of both undergraduate and graduate-level courses is essential.
  • Assign and submit grades in accordance with established University schedules.
  • Keep posted office hours during the week which are scheduled at times most beneficial to students.
  • Provide academic advising to students, if applicable.
  • Serve on search committees for hiring of new faculty members, departmental committees and other service committees across the university.
  • A demonstrated capacity for research, and/or programming activities, such as an ability to play a role in departmental extracurricular and student recruitment events.
  • Participate in activities such as student registration, orientation, convocations and commencements.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled departmental meetings and functions.
  • Provide other support service to the department, college and/or university, if applicable.
  • Engage in pursuits that enable them to remain current in their respective disciplines.
  • Engage in pursuits that help to further organize and contribute to growth of the body of knowledge in their respective disciplines, and/or to explore interdisciplinary implications.
  • Perform related Departmental duties as required.


A Ph.D. in Africology and African American Studies or a cognate discipline; ABDs in Africology and African American Studies or a cognate discipline are welcome to apply, but the successful applicant must have obtained his/her Ph.D. by the effective date of the appointment. This position begins August 24, 2020.

Supplemental Information

Applicants should submit online a letter of interest addressed to the Chair of the AAAS Faculty Search Committee, their academic transcripts and a writing sample.

Three reference letters will be requested of those candidates selected for the short-list.

December 1, 2019 is the deadline for the submission of applications.


Eastern Michigan University


140 McKenny Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197

Phone: 734.487.3430 or 734.487.0076 

"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: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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, phone 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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