Welcome to the Department of African American Studies at Yale. The African American Studies Department examines, from numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

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From the Collection

  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shown here with former Yale trustee the Rev. Gardiner M. Day, received an honorary LL.D degree at Yale’s 263rd commencement in 1964.

  • Ella Fitzgerald in 1940, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, who documented much of the Harlem Renaissance.Credit...Carl Van Vechten © Van Vechten Trust

  • Walter Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers

  • Half length group portrait, family group of six; father, mother, four children


September 19, 2023
FESTIVAL 2023 Black Feminist Writing THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 12:00 PM COLLEGE STREET TENT   MAP FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Erica R. Edwards moderates a conversation...
September 11, 2023
For author Margo Hendricks, Romance was a way to explore the very real history of class, race and power in Elizabethan England. For Tara L. Roi, it was a place where she...
September 5, 2023
At the end of a gangplank in Vineyard Haven Harbor bobs the Lagoon Pond Floating Gallery, a blue box haven for environmental artistic expression. On Friday, the gallery...

 Whitfield Lovell, American, Ode 1999

Engage with Our Ideas

“The Black prison population increased during the heoight of COVID-19 pandemic, report finds”  Elizabeth Hinton The Grio.com

“Fear of a Black-Studies Planet There’s a reason Ron DeSantis feel threatened by African American Studies,” Roderick A. Ferguson The Chronicle of Higher Education

“In their place; the heavy burden of being Black in a white spac,” Elijah Anderson the guardian.com

“Black , Bold and Queer: Celebrating the Legacy of Marlon Riggs,” Thomas Allen Harris Documentary

“Style With Soul: How The World’s Most Iconic Black Women Singers Expressed Themselves Through Fashion,” Tavia Nyong’o Vogue

“White Supermacy as Daily Pratice,” Micah Jones, Historians’ Watch

“José Muñoz, Then and There: On the afterlives of the pioneering queer theorist,” Tavia Nyong’o, thebaffler.com

Bisa Butler Quilt Kindred