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Dr. Francine Childs, on stage in 2013
Francine Childs (1940-2023) Inspired Students to ‘Be the Change’

African American Studies Department

Students explore yesterday, today and tomorrow—the foundation to understanding the world, how it functions, their responsibilities and opportunities in the world, and how to have an impact on the world, globally and locally.

Preserving the history of the African American Studies Department

See the new African American Studies Department’s collection, which documents the history of that department from 1969 through the present in the Ohio University Libraries Archives and Special Collection.


Read Margaret Spetz's blog about her Spring 2023 semester working on the collection.

Illustration in an early Afro American Studies brochure