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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

  • Walter Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers

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

  • 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

News

June 8, 2021
On today’s ST, we are discussing a new book on race relations and American history that offers a bold, thorough, and eye-opening critique of our nation’s criminal...
May 31, 2021
Dedication, warmth, and the answers — prize-winning teachers have it all Carolyn Roberts — the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize “Carolyn Roberts, assistant professor of history...
May 25, 2021
How do we reduce crime, especially amid calls to defund the police? While many point to rising crime rates as an indicator that more funding is needed, studies show almost no...

 Whitfield Lovell, American, Ode 1999

Engage with Our Ideas

“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