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Shanna Greene Benjamin to join WFU faculty as professor of African American Studies

Noted biographer and scholar of African American literature and Black feminist studies Shanna Greene Benjamin will join the Wake Forest University faculty as professor of African American Studies in July.

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Sierra DeVeaux ’22 is the first WFU African American Studies graduate

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 […]

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Ashley Davis ’23 named 2022 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Institute Fellow

African American Studies student Ashley Davis ’23 was recently accepted into the 2022 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Institute which will be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. Ashley will join a cohort of students from across the nation selected to participate in this program designed for students with interests in African-American, African and […]

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Old Gold & Black Deacon Profile: Corey D. B. Walker

A recent Old Gold & Black Deacon Profile featured Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities and director of the Program in African American Studies Corey D. B. Walker.

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Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery on Black women and depression

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery discusses Black women and depression in her in Harper’s Bazaar.

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AAS@Wake featured in recent news stories

The Program in African American Studies at Wake Forest University was featured in two news stories on WGHP TV and Spectrum News.

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

In hindsight, Virginia was a testing ground and a grim portent of the Jan. 6 insurrection. On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2020, theologian Corey D.B. Walker, then a visiting professor at the University of Richmond, was among a group holding a prayer vigil as thousands of firearm-toting folks occupied downtown Richmond […]

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Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar coming to Wake Forest

Cornel West, renowned philosopher, social activist, author and scholar, will speak at Wake Forest University on November 4 and 5. His appearance is jointly sponsored by the School of Divinity Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series and the African American Studies program.

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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.”

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 go missing.

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New African American Studies program underway

Wake Forest University has been working to establish an African American Studies program for a few years. Last week’s launch of the program is timely given the country is experiencing increased racial tensions, states are passing stricter voting laws and virtually everybody is uttering the term “woke.”

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