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Black Studies 2.0

Realizing the Emancipatory Mission and Value

In 1968, Dr. Nathan Hare, San Francisco State University sociology professor, founded the first Black Studies Program.  In 1969 The Black Studies Program became a fully accredited academic division. Between the years of 1968 and 1975 over 500 Black Studies programs and departments were created.

The Black Studies Department (now African American and African Studies) at The Ohio State University is a result of 60s/70s campus protests.  In 1969, a Black Studies curriculum was established as an academic division, by 1972, the division became a multidiscipline University Department. Today, The Department offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and a PhD. in African American and African Studies.

Black Studies 2.0 recognizes the Mission and Value of The African American and African Studies Department and the Community Extension Center serving both scholarly research and community engagement.

Mission Statement

"The mission of the department is to produce and disseminate knowledge and understanding about African peoples globally. The department offers students from all communities the opportunity to acquire the theories, practices, methodologies, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to master an interdisciplinary approach to the historical, cultural, social, psychological, political and economic experiences of people of African descent throughout the world. To foster and maintain an intellectual environment in our community on and off campus, assisting students and community members in their development as lifelong learners and informed citizens, seeking to better the community, nation, and world." 

Department of African American and African Studies

The Ohio State University

The primary mission of the department is to stimulate teaching and research about the Black experience in the United States, Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, and to encourage students and others to assess various strategies for advancing human progress through the examination of the global struggle for Black freedom.”

Department of African American and African Studies

The Ohio State University 


Black Studies 2.0 A Selected Bibliography

Albright, Thomas,  Judson L. Jeffries, and N. Michael Goecke. “A Ruckus on High Street: The Birth of Black Studies at The Ohio State University,” The Journal of Race & Policy. 9:1, Spring/Summer 2013: 23-52, 2013.

Aldridge, Delores P. and Carlene Young, eds. Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2000.  

Anderson, Talmadge and James Stewart. Introduction to African American Studies: Transdisciplinary Approaches and Implications. Baltimore: Imprint Editions, 2007. 

Asante, Molefi Kete and Maulana Karenga, eds. Handbook of Black Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006. 

Bates, Robert H., V. Y. Mudimbe, and Jean F. O'Barr, eds. Africa and the Disciplines: The Contributions of Research in Africa to the Social Sciences and Humanities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

The Black Scholar. “Special Issue: Black Studies,” The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research. 44:2, 2014.

Bobo, Jacqueline, Cynthia Hudley, and Claudine Michel. The Black Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Committee of Inquiry. Report of the Spring Events at Ohio State.  Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1970.

Dagbovie, Pero G. African American History Reconsidered. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Dagbovie, Pero G. The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Falola, Toyin and Christian Jennings, eds. Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies Across the Disciplines. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2002.

Gates, Henry Louis Jr. and Burton, Jennifer, eds. Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2011. 

Goerler, Raimund E. The Ohio State University: An Illustrated History. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2011.

Gomez, Michael A., ed. Diasporic Africa: A Reader. New York: NYU Press, 2006. 

Hamilton, Ruth S., ed.  Creating A Paradigm And Research Agenda For Comparative Studies Of The Worldwide Dispersion of African Peoples. East Lansing: Michigan State University. 1990.

Hamilton, Ruth S., ed.  Routes of Passage Rethinking the African Diaspora. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2006. 

Hayes, Floyd W., ed. A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies. San Diego, CA: Collegiate Press, 1992.

Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, eds.  All The Women Are White, All The Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies. Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1982.

Jeffries, Bayyinah S. "Race Relations in Higher Education: The Case of the OSU 34." Ohio Valley History, vol. 19 no. 4, 2019, p. 45-71.

Josey, E.J., ed. What Black Librarians Are Saying. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1972.

Journal of African American Studies. “Special Issue: Expanding the History of the Black Studies Movement,” Journal of African American Studies. 16.1: March 2012.

Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies. Inglewood, CA: Kawaida Publications. 1982.

Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies, 2nd ed. Los Angeles: The University of Sankore Press, 1993.

Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies, 4th ed. Los Angeles: The University of Sankore Press, 2010.

Kendi, Ibram X. The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Mark, Mary Louise. Negroes in Columbus, 1923. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1928.   

Minor, Richard Clyde. The Negro in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 1936.

Okafor, Victor. Towards an Understanding of Africology, 3rd ed. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2009.   

Okpewho, Isidore, Carole Boyce Davies, and Ali A. Mazuri, eds.  African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. 

Olaniyan, Tejumola and James H. Sweet, eds. The African Diaspora and the Disciplines.  Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2010.  

Planning and Research Bureau, Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Riot: A Brief Report of the Events That Occurred in Columbus, July 21 Thru July 27, 1969. Columbus, OH: Planning and Research Bureau, 1969. 

Pritchard, Pamela. The Negro Experience at the Ohio State University in the First Sixty-Five Years, 1873-1938: With Special Emphasis on Negroes in the College of Education. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 1982. 

Rojas, Fabio. From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. 

Rooks, Noliwe M. White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis in Higher Education. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Upton, James and Carla Wilks. “A Brief Historical Summary of Black Studies at Ohio State University,” In Who’s Who in Black Columbus, 8th ed. 111-12. Columbus, OH: Who’s Who Publishing, 2011.

Walters, Mary D. Afro-Americana: A Comprehensive Bibliography of Resource Materials in the Ohio State University Libraries by or About Black Americans. Columbus, OH: Office of Educational Services, Ohio State University Libraries, 1969.

Western Journal of Black Studies. “Special Issue: Africana Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond,” Western Journal of Black Studies. 34.2: Summer 2010.

Zeleza, Paul. Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. Dakar, Sénégal: Codesria, 1997.  


OSU student protest of the Sixties and Seventies were crucial to the establishment of The Department African American and African Studies,  Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, and other academic offices addressing the social concerns of diverse campus communities.


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