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African-American Biography

BU African American Studies Department (AFAM)- History and Programs


The African American Studies Program building, located at 138 Mountfort Street Brookline.


Boston University’s African American Studies program is one of the oldest in the country.  Founded in 1969, we have a long history of focused study and deep commitment with all aspects of African American Experiences as well as broader American experiences as they intersect with issues of race, culture, immigration and politics. Our goal is to allow students a practical training in such issues along with the theoretical tools necessary for either more advanced study or a more direct engagement in any range of professional fields.  In a world where terms like “diversity” and “inclusion” are as important to cultural and social stability as they are to political and economic viability, our program stands ready to produce students able to help guide this country fearlessly forward.


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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion