Kimberlé Crenshaw ’81, a legal scholar, reflected on the ways Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence shaped her personal, academic and professional journey.Read more
Africana Studies and Research Center News
During Black History Month, test your knowledge of Cornell’s ground-breaking program with 10 trivia questions!Read more
This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Feb. 19 will focus on the importance of understanding and addressing systems of oppression and their impact on multiple identities, including race and gender.Read more
A Cornell historian says one of the most important aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was his insistence on speaking up against social and economic injustice.Read more
Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, an expert in Africana studies, wrote about how America should respond to its history of racism in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.Read more
"The project makes Ithacans aware that this Nobel writer lived in Ithaca for two years."Read more
To kick off the 2023 First Generation Celebration Week, Student and Campus Life gathered insights and advice from first-gen students, alumni and staff.Read more
A&S faculty are among twenty-five faculty and academic staff from nine Cornell colleges and units are Engaged Faculty Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year.Read more
A broad preparation
The Africana studies undergraduate major and minor prepare students for a broad range of academic and professional careers in both the public and private sectors. Africana studies has a history of shaping students' intellectual discipline, creativity, and social and political awareness.
An unique perspective
An interdisciplinary global study of race and Blackness makes Africana studies at Cornell a significant resource for graduate students who want to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Black people in Africa, the African diaspora and around the globe.
Upcoming Africana Events
A unique resource
The Africana Studies & Research Center
The Africana Studies & Research Center extends the teaching and learning opportunities that we provide in both our undergraduate and graduate classrooms well beyond to service learning projects and community initiatives, from local to transnational contexts.
Exploration on the Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad Hub
The projects featured here provide information about documented underground railroad activities in our region, tell us about the small Black communities that settled here to escape slavery after New York state outlawed it in 1827, and inform us about those ordinary people who braved assisting freedom seekers at great personal risk to themselves and their families.