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Dr. Francine Childs, on stage in 2013
Scholarship Honors Childs, Who Inspired Students to ‘Be the Change’

African American Studies Department

Dig into the past—it informs your future

When you make your trek to Southeastern Ohio, you’ll be walking in hallowed footsteps, including those of Martin Luther King Jr., who came to Athens in 1960 for an international church collegiate youth conference.

About those footsteps...

Martin Luther King Jr. at news conference at OHIO in 1960

Put these adventures on your resume...

African American Studies

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.

Get to know our world-class faculty ... you'll be seeing a lot of them!

Akil Houston, portrait

Into Hip Hop

Dr. Akil Houston is a filmmaker, DJ, social critic, and one of the nation's most authentic Hip-Hop scholars.

Bayyinah Jeffries, portrait

Defeat Ignorance

Dr. Bayyinah Jeffries is shedding light on female agency, which has been historically overlooked.

Robin Muhammad at shipyard

At Work

As a labor historian, Dr. Robin Muhammad studies workers, their communities and their political institutions.

Gary E. Holcomb, portrait

Black Modernism

Dr. Gary E. Holcomb is an internationally recognized scholar of the Harlem Renaissance, Queer Black Marxism, transnational and transatlantic modernism, and Black countercultural literature.

Daniel Moak, portrait

Race and Social Policy

Dr. Daniel Moak's research focuses on black political thought, political economy, and social welfare policy.