50th Anniversary

"Reckoning and Re-envisioning: Africana Studies at 50 and Beyond"

On January 15, 1969, Black students at the University of Pittsburgh staged a sit-in and takeover of the computer center in the Cathedral of Learning. Their protests and list of demands, which were also supported by the larger Black community in Pittsburgh, led to the founding of what is now the Department of Africana Studies (first called Black Studies, then the Department of Black Community Education, Research, and Development). In seeking to celebrate 50 years of the department’s growth and achievements, the Department of Africana Studies hosted a series celebratory events in 2021/2022.