African American Studies IS Pro Humanitate

African American Studies @ WFU

African American Studies at Wake Forest University is a signature academic program that:

  • Leverages the University’s distinctive commitment “to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts” while educating a new generation of scholars and citizens committed to serving humanity
  • Employs a broad humanistic framework in providing a novel intellectual space for students and scholars to develop new knowledge in their attempt “to ask and answer the fundamental questions of human existence”
  • Distinguishes its approach to the discipline by its unique focus on the cultures, knowledges, and expressions of African descended people in the southern United States and their global reverberations.

Maya Angelou

“I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition – about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.”

 – Maya Angelou

About the African American Studies Program


African American Studies is integral to a liberal arts education.

About the Program

African American Program Academic Information


Learn more about our signature African American Studies program and see what’s being offered this fall.

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African American Studies Program Faculty


Meet the distinguished African American Studies faculty.

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Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Cornel West’s Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity 

A symposium featuring Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside), Brandon Terry (Harvard University), Shatema Threadcraft (Vanderbilt University), Corey D. B. Walker (Wake Forest University), Jonathan L. Walton (Wake Forest University) and Cornel West (Union Theological Seminary) on the 40th Anniversary of Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity


Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities Corey D. B. Walker on January 6 and American Democracy

January 7, 2022

In hindsight, Virginia was a testing ground and a grim portent of the Jan. 6 insurrection. On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday...
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Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar coming to Wake Forest

November 4, 2021

Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar, will speak at Wake Forest University on November 4 and 5. His... Read More »

Prof. Julia S. Jordan-Zachary's commentary in The Washington Post - "The media loves 'missing White women.' Black women are already missing from public view."

October 18, 2021

You cannot miss what is not seen. Because U.S. society often renders Black women invisible, public outcry may be muted or absent when we... Read More »

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"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and the Fate of Democracy

January 17, 2022 | 12:00pm ET via Zoom

The Global Dimensions of Black History

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