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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

September 8, 2021
The jury is in… and has chosen Daphne A. Brooks’ Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound as the winner of the $50,000...
August 24, 2021
After the murder of George Floyd ignited nationwide protests, corporate America acknowledged it could no longer stay silent and promised to take an active role in confronting...
August 17, 2021
Brittany Levingston F’21 Leading Edge Fellowships 2021 Pennsylvania Humanities Council Appointed to Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the project “August Wilson’s Century...

 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