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Where Did the Hammond Sound Come From - And Where Did it Go?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Nearly 30 students and faculty from Duke and neighboring universities filled the Moyle Room at the Karsh Alumni and Visitor Center on Sept. 18, for the launch of the Department of African and African American Studies’ 50th anniversary speaker series. The 2019/20 series features a lecture... Read More »

Talk of Reparations For Slavery Moves To State Capitols

Thursday, October 3, 2019
State efforts to offer reparations are problematic because they’re a piecemeal solution to a national problem, said William Darity, a Duke University economics professor, who is heading up the national team of academics exploring reparations. State resolutions should endorse the development of a... Read More »

“Institutions Need to Be Pushed”: An Oral History of the Allen Building Takeover

Friday, September 20, 2019
In February of 2019, many of the original Allen Building protestors and their families met for a weekend long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the takeover. From the Washington Duke Inn to the Nasher Museum of Art, the event celebrated the Takeover and its participants –a sharp contrast to... Read More »

Making Amends: How Funders Can Address Slavery’s Legacy

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Professor William Darity Jr. of Duke University, co-author of a forthcoming book on reparations, is in favor of it. He told Mother Jones it would take between about $10 and $12 trillion to carry out. He said a government-based program could frame reparations as a national debt and obligation,... Read More »

9 books about dance that will change how you see the art form

Thursday, September 19, 2019
A book that is not only a biography of a dance company, but that also contextualizes that company against the larger background of gay rights, civil rights and women’s liberation. DeFrantz uses the story of Alvin Ailey to chart the story of African Americans in 20th-century America. The book takes... Read More »

Which Black Americans Should Get Reparations?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
He’s been one of academia’s leading authorities on American racial inequity for years, in high demand by Democratic presidential candidates who hope he’ll endorse their proposals to close the “racial wealth gap” — a term that his research helped popularize. But as William “Sandy”... Read More »

AAAS Speaker Series Highlights Duke Black Studies Alum

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
On Wednesday afternoon the Department of African & African American Studies will launch its 50th anniversary speaker series with Duke alum Ashon Crawley. Crawley, Ph.D., ‘13, will deliver a talk, “Migration Stories and the Hammond Sound,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the... Read More »

The Case For Reparations

Friday, September 13, 2019
Congressional testimony by African & African American Studies, Economics and Public Policy Professor William "Sandy" Darity Jr. Read More

Duke's Black Comedy Class Brings 'Upper Ghetto Godmother,' Sept. 19

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics... Read More »

Duke's Black Comedy Class Brings 'Upper Ghetto Godmother'

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics... Read More »

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