Africana Studies

Join our vibrant community and explore the rich diversity of African and African American social, cultural, political, and historical development.

102A Lippitt Hall, 5 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Cheryl Albright and pianist Bob Ponte with Dr. Quainoo and Dr. Barber.
Check Facebook for more photos from our Ella 100! event on March 27th.


Audience from the panel discussion “Bridging the Great Divide: Re-Thinking the Connection Between Africans and African Americans” February 6th.


Dr. Marcus Nevius’s talk, “History of Slavery in America ‘Born free’: Southside Virginia’s Antebellum Free Black Communities and Petit Marronage” February 28th.



Photos from the recent African and African American Conference in Accra, Ghana.

Bridging the Great Divide: Re-thinking the African/African American Connection.



More photos are on our Facebook Page




The 2016 Open House featured the exhibit “Black S/Heroes Matter” (on display all semester) and a book signing by Dr. Donna Gilton for her newest book Creating and Promoting Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries: Tools and Tips for Practitioners









The 2016 Marlen Bodden Africana Studies Lecture was given by Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award winning investigative report for The New York Times Magazine. Click here for more photos of the event.


Oh Freedom

As part of #URIBlackHistoryMonth, Cheryl Albright performed her inspiring musical “Oh Freedom Over Me.” Click here for photos of the event.



As part of an Africana Studies Special Lecture Series, Dr. Carnell Jones, URI Director of Enrollment Services, shared his insights on the culture of race and race relations endemic to the Ferguson, Mo. area. The talk, “What’s Happening in Missouri? Race, Violence, & Campus Response,” was planned in response to the increasingly volatile race relations across the country, in order to facilitate important conversations about race relations. Click here for more photos of the event.



Our Kings and Queens Exhibit was open during the Fall 2015 semester. Students enjoyed the opening reception, which included a welcome by Dr. Quainoo, Director of Africana Studies, and by Dr. Norman Barber, curator and faculty host of the exhibit.



Last summer, our faculty met to discuss how to best meet the growing concerns and interests of our students. Click here for a closer look at Faculty Retreat 2015.

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