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Greetings from the Director

Welcome and Thank You for visiting the Center for Africana Studies!

Africana Studies is an ever-evolving discipline at Georgia Southern. We are multidisciplinary in our scope and interdisciplinary in our focus. Our goal is to uplift and promote accurate history of people from the African Diaspora. We also endeavor to empower students with knowledge that will propel them to success in any field they desire to go into. This is accomplished through relevant and pertinent academic courses and by offering an array of programming outside the classroom:  Study Away opportunities within the United States; Study Abroad opportunities to countries that are a part of the African Diaspora; scholarly projects on reparations, the Gullah Geechee Community, Criminalization of Color, etc.; and monthly programs featuring advocates, activists, and scholars from the Black community.

The Center for Africana Studies works closely with our sister-Center, The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center, which I also lead. While both Centers focus on Black culture, the Center for Africana Studies has a broad focus that includes all aspects of the African Diaspora , including the Gullah Geechee culture.

The Center for Africana Studies is located on the second floor of the IAB Building on the Statesboro Campus. There, you will find the Africana Studies Reading Room that was established in honor of the previous Director, Dr. Saba Jallow, and staff offices.  We also have a presence on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center located in the Armstrong Center. Both locations offer opportunities to engage with myriad aspects of Black culture:  history, arts, literature, music, drama, community dialogues, Kwanzaa Observances, Juneteenth Celebrations, etc.

I encourage you to consider a Minor in Africana Studies. An Africana Studies minor augments any major by providing a unique perspective and adding knowledge that increases your ability to relate to and understand people from all walks of life. 

Wishing you much success,

Maxine L. Bryant, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Africana Studies

Last updated: 10/18/2022