The University of Delaware's Department of Black American Studies (BAMS)—which began at the peak of the Civil Rights Era in 1968, developed into a formal University program in 1971, and was awarded departmental status in 2010—will celebrate 40 years of education devoted to the Black experience this fall.
From a lecture by political activist Angela Y. Davis in October to an alumni luncheon in the spring, numerous year-round events have been planned to commemorate the department's 40th anniversary.
"We are proud to be celebrating this wonderful milestone and look forward to seeing current and former students, faculty and friends at our events this year as we reflect on 40 years of tradition in BAMS education," says Carol Henderson, chair of the Department of Black American Studies and professor of English.
Programs will take place throughout the year, with all lectures and events free and open to the public.
The tentative schedule is as follows (note that dates and times are subject to change):
- Oct. 6-7 -- The African Americas project, a two-day symposium that brings together artists, musician and scholars of black music, art, history, literature and anthropology in the Ewing Room of Perkins Student Center.
- Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. -- Lecture by Angela Y. Davis at Mitchell Hall.
- Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. -- BAMS roundtable discussion on "Reflections on the State of Black Studies—Then and Now" (part I) in 204 Gore Hall.
- Feb. 15, 2012, 6 p.m. -- Performance by soul singer, musician, writer, producer and activist, Ayanna Gregory, daughter of celebrated comedian and human rights activist Dick Gregory.
- March 13, 2012, 3:30 p.m. -- BAMS roundtable discussion on "Reflections on the State of Black Studies—Then and Now" (part II) at location to be determined.
- April 28, 2012, noon -- Luncheon to recognize alumni and previous BAMS program directors.