Department of Africana Studies

Patel in a tan coat in front of a body of water

Studying Migration, Refugee Issues at Oxford University, Alumna Draws on Personal History

Bhavini Patel (A&S ’16) is combining her deep personal knowledge of immigrant communities with her research at the University of Oxford on extended refugee displacement.
Oronde S. Sharif

'Black Nativity' Showcases Gospel Music, Family and Community Connections

Based on poet and playwright Langston Hughes’ adaptation of the classic nativity story, "Black Nativity" is marking its 24th year at the University of Pittsburgh, bringing a distinctive multicultural holiday experience to the city of Pittsburgh.
headshot in black and white of Bob "B.J." Johnson

Archival Collections Document the Black Arts Movement in 20th-century Pittsburgh

Papers from B.J. Johnson — a teacher and dancer who was integral in founding Pitt's Department of Africana Studies — and from the Kuntu Theatre and its founder, Vernell Lillie, shed light on the performing arts community of Pittsburgh.

Africana Studies Faculty Member Recognized by the Association for Africanist Anthropology

Yolanda Covington-Ward, an associate professor of Africana Studies, has been honored with the Elliot P. Skinner Book Award from...