Our Mission Statement

Emerging from student and community demands for a culturally relevant curriculum, the mission of the Department of Africana Studies is to advance the study, research, interpretation, production, and dissemination of knowledge pertaining to the experiences of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora. From these perspectives, we are committed to innovative scholarship, excellence in student development, and community empowerment and transformation.


The events of Jan. 15, 1969, became a tipping point in the University of Pittsburgh’s history regarding issues of race, inclusion and representation. On that day, students from the Black Action Society (BAS) — an organization established on April 4, 1968, in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — led to a sit-in at the University’s Computer Center to demand change and action. Learn More »

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