Sierra DeVeaux will graduate as the first African American Studies major in the history of Wake Forest University. DeVeaux made the decision to major in African American Studies just before her senior year and found a discipline and faculty altogether different from any that she had ever encountered.

Wake Forest launched the African American studies program in the summer of 2021. It is led by program director and distinguished Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, who has also worked as an external consultant on Wake Forest’s Slavery, Race and Memory project.