70th Anniversary of African Studies at Howard University

Honoring our Legacy, Preparing the Future

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Browsing Room in Founders Library, Howard University

Followed by

5:30 pm
Interdisciplinary Research Building, Howard University

The Department of African Studies at Howard University is celebrating 70 years of existence this year! We are one of the oldest departments of African Studies in the nation. Our first M.A. degree was awarded in 1957, to Jewel R. Mazique, a woman from Washington, DC, who was a pioneering civil and women’s rights activist and government professional. Our first PhD was awarded in 1970, to Lezmore Emmanuel from the US Virgin Islands, who went on to establish the first Black Studies Department at what became the University of the Virgin Islands. These are two of hundreds of stories that illustrate our outstanding legacy.

The registration for the Symposium and the RSVP for the Dinner are now closed.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, we are holding a celebration with all-day events. The day will begin with a welcoming ceremony, as well as a keynote lecture in the Browsing Room of Founders Library.

The day will conclude with a dinner, which will include a keynote address.

View the 70th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet

70Anniversary-African-Studies-Booklet Cover


Photos from the 70th Anniversary


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Event Program

9:30 - 10:00 am Breakfast and Networking Founders Library, 
Browsing Room 
10:00 - 10:25 am

Welcome and Remarks

Dr. Mohamed Camara, Chair, Department of African Studies

Dr. Paul Tiyambe-Zeleza
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room 
10:25 - 10:30 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker Prof. Krista Johnson

Dr. Loy L. Azalia (C/O ‘18)

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room
10:30 - 11:00 am

The Inaugural Frazier - Hansberry Lecture 

Dr. Krista Johnson, Director, Center for African Studies and Professor, Department of African Studies

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room
11:00 - 12:30  pm

Session I “Charting our Futures: Emergent Research in African Studies” (Student Roundtable)

Moderator: Linda Silim Moundene, President, African Studies Graduate Student Association

Jean-Claude Abeck Ph.D. Student
Zainab Ahmed, Senior, Class of 2024
Zirra Banu, Ph.D. Candidate
Abdel Mouncharou , Ph.D. Student
Dawit Muluneh, Ph.D. Candidate

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room
12:30 - 1:30 om Lunch (Catered)  Foyer
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Session II  “Innovation and Impact/Research and Action: Alumni Reflections” (Alumni Roundtable)

Moderator: Dr. Anita Plummer (C/O ‘12)

Dr Msia Clark (C/O ‘06)
Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim (C/O ‘18)
Dr. Kelley Page Jibrell (C/O ‘21)
Dr. Meloney Jordan (C/O ‘23)
Dr. Sussie Okoro (C/O ‘14)
Dr. Francis Wiafe-Amoako (C/O ‘10)
Dr. Nana Afua Yeboah (C/O ‘12)

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room 
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break  
3:15 - 4:45 pm

Session III “African Studies at Howard: Reflecting on our Scholarly Legacy” (Faculty Roundtable)

Moderator: Dr. Traci Wyatt (C/O ‘19)

Dr. Flordeliz Bugarin, Associate Professor, Dept. of African Studies 
Dr. Greg Carr, Professor of Africana Studies, Dept. of Afro-American Studies 
Dr. Mbye Cham, Professor, Dept. of African Studies
Dr. Alem Hailu, Associate Professor, Dept. of African Studies 
Dr. Esther Lisanza, Assistant Professor, Dept. of African Studies

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room 
4:45 - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks 

Dr. Mohamed Camara, Chair, Department of African Studies

Founders Library, 
Browsing Room


5:30 - 8:00 pm DINNER Interdisciplinary Research Building


Organizing Committee:
Krista Johnson, Anita Plummer, Phiwo Mnyandu, Traci Wyatt, Ania Ueno 

When making a donation, please write in the comment "70th Anniversary". 


This celebration is co-hosted by Howard University's Department of African Studies and Center for African Studies.