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The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies proudly celebrates 40 years of groundbreaking research, innovative teaching and impactful community engagement with its 40th anniversary commemorative program, featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock, on Thursday, December 9th from 6:30-9pm. Throughout its 40-year history, the Woodson Institute has continued the pioneering work of our namesake, Carter G. Woodson, to advance global black studies at the University of Virginia. As a department, the Woodson administers the undergraduate major and minor degrees in African-American and African Studies, as well as a minor in African Studies and a newly minted graduate certificate. As a research institute, the internationally renowned fellowship program has supported over 180 emerging scholars, whose cutting-edge research has shaped the field. In its outreach mission, the Woodson Institute is committed to engaging local communities in its work, sponsoring training programs for K-12 teachers, creating experiential learning opportunities for high school students, and sharing with the general public the Institute’s intellectual research into issues of race, social justice, and inequality as well as the lives and experiences of people of African descent throughout the world. At the moment of our 40th Anniversary, we take this time to recognize and celebrate this rich tradition and envision the next era in the Woodson’s history.