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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

  • 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

News

October 7, 2021
From Bessie Smith to Béyonce, Black feminine sound has significantly contributed to the foundation of American music. According to Daphne Brooks — an award-winning author and...
October 1, 2021
Pickens grew up in Laurelton, Queens and visited Sag Harbor during the summer for decades before finally settling in the historic whaling village full-time in 2004. Read More
September 22, 2021
When Newman T. Baker first tried to play the washboard years ago, he had what he describes as an almost out-of-body experience. Though he had never played before, his hands...

 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