AAAS News and Events

Check out this latest edition of the AAAS newsletter.

An AAAS professor to host an advocacy writing workshop

Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon, Associate Professor of Africology and African American Studies, has put together an advocacy-writing workshop to be presented online to the general public on October 17, 2020 from 11am to 12:30pm through the Ypsilanti District Library (734) 482-4110 ).

This "USING WRITING TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD" workshop is free of charge. Click on details for how to sign up. If you have any questions about this workshop, feel free to contact Dr. Pressley-Sanon through: [email protected] The workshop is LBC-credit approved.

AAAS launches the Robert L. Perry Endowed Scholarship in Africology and African American Studies

Effective from fall, 2020, AAAS will begin to make an annual award of a merit scholarship of four hundred US dollars ($400.00) to a successful applicant who is pursuing a Major in Africology and African American Studies. This scholarship program was established in honor of Emeritus Professor Robert L. Perry who retired in 2013. The recipient must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in his or her AAAS major. For more information about this scholarship, visit Join us in saying a big thank you to Emeritus Professor Robert Perry for his dedication and generous donations that made this endowed scholarship possible.

Book Scholarship News!

The department of Africology and African American Studies awards a book scholarship of $100 to each qualified AAAS Major, Minor and Certificate student. This helps to reduce the cost of textbook purchasing for each recipient. The department awards this book scholarship from its Development Fund (R62095).

Please, Donate

You can support this initiative through a check returnable through the enclosed envelope or through EMU’s online link for donations: 

Congrats to Professor Pressley-Sanon!

 Please, join us in extending hearty congratulations to our own Associate Professor Toni Pressley-Sanon on her chapter contribution, “Techniques for truth-telling from Haitian Corner to I Am Not Your Negro” to a newly-published anthology, I Am Not Your Negro: A Docalogue. For more information about this book, visit

Interview With Associate Professor Toni Pressley-Sanon

“Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”

A Reflection and Some Resources by Toni Pressley-Sanon, professor of Africology and African American Studies

A biography of Mr. Fred Daniels, 1st Recipient of EMU’s Master of Arts in Africology and African American Studies

Meet Mr. Fred Daniels (see his picture below), the first student to receive a Master of Arts in Africology and African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University. He was among Emu students who graduated in April 2020. Below is his statement about his experiences at Eastern Michigan University during his two-year study for an MA in Africology and African American Studies, from fall 2018 to winter, 2020.

“As the first student to be enrolled and complete the curriculum for the Master of Arts degree in Africology and African American Studies, I am a proud beneficiary of the comprehensive plan of study, research strategies and opportunities for community engagement related to the African World experiences and culture, in conjunction with providing a student with the intellectual capacity to bring to the community, ideas and practices that enhance and improve conditions within the African and African American world at large.

I decided to return to school to finish my educational studies that were interrupted in the early 1970s, upon retiring from DTE Energy after 33 years of service. After earning an Associate of Arts from Wayne Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University with a major in African American Studies, in 2018, I enrolled at Eastern Michigan University for the MA in AAAS.

It is worthy of note that my sister, Alfreda Daniels, who graduated from EMU with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and a Master of Arts in 1980, is a member of EMU’s Women’s Athletic Hall of Fame for her excellence in Track and Field. She was an early recipient of the Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 which opened up opportunities for women and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that is federally- funded. 

I am the proud father and stepfather of seven children, six of whom have achieved college degrees, with the youngest, Fred J. Daniels III, graduating with me in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University majoring in Psychology and a minor in Music.

I am proud to represent Eastern Michigan University and the Department of Africology and African American Studies as an example of a student who exemplifies benefits from the nurturing and empowering educational environment.

“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, 5–7 p.m.

Where: Room 204 Pray Harrold

-Free Refreshments-

 -LBC Credit Approved-

For Questions, contact Fred Daniels, 734.487.3460.

2020 Honors Convocation 

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 

Time: 5–6:30 p.m. 

***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 



A video of

"400 Years Later: 1619 and its Aftermath"








"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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