News

65 years ago this week, Edwin Walker helped enforce Little Rock integration. Then he devoted himself to segregation.

Titled “in search of our mothers’ gardens” the project is based on Alice Walker’s essay of the same name in which she discusses the way her mother's garden was a space of radiance, repair, refuge

Each year since 1981, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies has welcomed a collection of pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellows into the institute’s Residential Fellows program. 

It's a case of cultural boomerang, just as Black culture in northern cities was shaped by the experiences migrants from the Great Migration brought from the South, Pendergrass said.

Crawley's fellowship project will create an immersive sound installation honoring musicians in Black churches that died of AIDS complications in the 1980s and '90s.

This spring, the Center for Public Art and Space (CPAS) at Weitzman will host renowned writer, artist, and educator Ashon

I reached out to Kevin Gaines, associate director of the Carter G.

Black History Month, a time of pride, celebration and remembrance during the month of February, was first recognized in th

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Julius Scott, III. Scott began his illustrious career as a Woodson pre-doctoral fellow in one of the first cohorts where he worked on an early version of his seminal book "The Common Wind."

Educating new generations of scholars in Black history and politics.

Niya Bates' work at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello was featured in UVA Today: 

Zalika Ibaorimi's essay "The (Ho)rror of It All: Ganja & Hess, Summer Walker and the Soundtrack of Ho Ontologies" was published in the December 2021 issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies

This is a brief reflection on water, swamps, bayous, wetlands, and Black life in the United States, and the forms of freedom and racialized unfreedom that these ecologies have facilitated.

Deborah McDowell's introduction to Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Passing was also quoted in a New York Times

Vânia Penha-Lopes, 1996-1998 Woodson Fellowship cohort, published a new book 

McDowell featured in the inaugural edition of Amplify, a publication from the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Virginia

Otu will use the inaugural Center for Global Health Professorship to begin work on his project “Scenes of Toxicity.”

Celeste Day Moore, 2012-2014 fellowship cohort, published Soundscapes of Liberation: African American Music in Postwar France (Duke University Press)

Kevin Gaines published "Reflections on Ben Okri, Goenawan Mohamad, and the 2020 Global Uprisings" in the Journal of Transn

Ashon Crawley was one of eight recipients of an UNDO Fellowship by the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art.

Abraham Seda, Woodson pre-doctoral fellow, published an article in Black Perspectives: Jack Johnson and Africa: B

Marlene Daut reviewed Firelei Báez'srecent installation of the Palace of the King of Haiti for Harper's Bazaar

Much of this debt to France was the legacy of what the University of Virginia scholar Marlene Daut calls "the greatest heist in history": surrounded by French gunboats, a newly independent Haiti was forced to pay its slaveholders reparations. 

"Haiti Isn't Cursed. It Is Exploited." The mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the Del Rio border underscores the intersecting crises affecting Haitians, and "bad luck" has nothing to do with it, says historian Marlene L. Daut.

Sept. 04, 2021 - "Haitians Can’t Trust Aid From NGOs or Their Own Government." Slate Magazine's A Word with Jason Johnson podcast. 

The historic Black church in the United States, composed of various denominations and theological orientations — though in their positions most seem to agree that affirming queer life is beyond the limit of possibility — is often noted for its foundational liberation practices.

Marlene Daut shared her expert insights following the Haitian President's assassination.

At the California African American Museum (CAAM) right now, there’s an exhibition called “

Ashon Crawley won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBTQ Nonfiction for his book The Lonely Letters

The book has received numerous recognitions and awards including:

Marlene Daut awarded 2021 Ford Foundation Fellowship for her project: Dreaming Freedom: The Story of the First and Last King of Haiti 

Jenifer Barclay, 2009-2011 fellowship cohort, published The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America (University of Illinois Press)

Jeffery Ahlman, 2009-2011 fellowship cohort, published Kwame Nkrumah: Visions of Liberation (Ohio University Press)

Charlottesville and the University of Virginia experienced rapid growth during the 20th century, often at the expense of communities that once were home predominantly to Black residents and businesses.

New investments supporting both UVA’s research enterprise and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.

Marlene Daut and Andrew Kahrl awarded NEH fellowships for their research projects on Haiti and the history of taxation in America, repspectively. 

Professor Kevin Gaines featured in Don Lemon's Podcast

"Northam can remove Lee statue in Richmond, judge rules"

Seeking Environmental Justice in Policy Making

Former Woodson Fellows Kristin Philips and John Thabiti Willis were finalists for the 2019 African Studies Association Book Prize

Julius Fleming, Jr., former Woodson fellow, runner-up for the 2019 Norman Foerster Prize

In Memoriam: Teju Olaniyan, renowned scholar of the African diaspora. 

Jermaine Scott, Woodson post-doctoral Fellow article published

Daut recently created a five-minute educational video about the early days of King Henry for the popular TED website in its TED-Ed section, complete with lessons and quizzes for classrooms. 

Crawley received the Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award for his book Black Pentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility 

"Forgotten: The Things We Lost In Kanye's Gospel Year,"

UVA TODAY: Deborah McDowell Lauds Powerful Prose of her Friend, Toni Morrison

Butler, who was director of the Woodson Institute from 1996 to 2005, passed away on July 5th after a long illness

Many leading proponents of reparations point to the federal government’s failure to provide land and resources (40 acres and a mule) to former slaves following emancipation, as promised, as laying the course for today’s inequities. 

Daut will use the fellowship to work on her book project "Revolutionary Fictions."

Former Post-Doctoral Fellow, Deirdre Cooper Owens joins the Department of History at University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the

On a bright autumn afternoon in Cleveland more than 50 years ago, 6-year-old Kevin Gaines waited for a rally at his neighb

"Fear of Black Men' May No Longer be a Defense Will the Laquan McDonald case prove to be a beginning?"

Andrew Karhl publishes article in the NYT: "Hurricane Florence and the Displacement of African-Americans along the Carolin

McDowell’s colleagues at the University of Virginia call her a “trailblazer,” note her collaborative activities and point to her commitment to diversify not only the faculty on Grounds, but throughout the nation.

Inside A&S: This week’s effort – dubbed “#TranscribeBond” by its organizers from UVA’s Carter G.

Julian Bond, the civil rights icon who taught at the University of Virginia for two decades, died in 2015.

Civil rights icon Julian Bond fought for social justice and equality from the time he co-founded the Student Nonviolent Co

Talitha LeFlouria has been awarded a coveted and prestigious fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation for her new project,

Marlene L. Daut launches digital resource for early 19th century Haiti

This award is granted to ten “emerging faculty leaders who represent both research excellence and an extraordinary commitment to mentoring students and serving their campuses and professions."

Bailey will use the research scholarship to continue work on her book manuscript: “Please Don't Forget About Me:" African American Women, Mississippi, and the History of Crime and Punishment in Parchman Prison, 1890-1980."

Otu awarded a 2018 NCH Summer Fellowship from the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to continue work on his book "Amphibious Subjects: Sassoi and the Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana"

In “1964,” a seminar offered this spring, University of Virginia students examined the papers of civil rights activist Jul

McDowell awarded the Distinguished Women's Scholar Award from Purdue University's Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

Ashon Crawley is awarded prestigious award from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

"When he sent the word out in the fall about the daylong Saturday workshop, “Resources for Teaching the History of Race in the United States,” the response was bigger than for any other program, Victor Luftig said.

Published in the December 2017 Issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly

The creeping re-segregation of public schools. Consequences of recent changes to voting rights laws.

One is an award-winning historian who researches the labor and medical treatment of black prisoners in the post-Civil War

We are pleased to announce that Talitha Leflouria has received awards for Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labo

Our own post-doctoral fellow, Talitha LeFlouria was awarded the Leticia Brown Woods book prize last month at the 100th ann

In response to recent tragic events, including the murders of Charleston church members in June, the torching of multiple

Claudia Rankine, one of the most innovative poets writing today, will visit the University of Virginia on Wednesday.

So-called “digital humanities” have become a major focus of scholarly research these days. The Carter G.

A screening of the recent film “Sugarcoated Arsenic” will take place on June 20 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the E

Two panelists at a forum Monday night said a recent apparent decline in the number of African-American students coming to

As part of the University of Virginia’s Black History Month celebration, acclaimed poet and activist Nikki Giovanni will g

The Woodson will present a screening of the documentary video, “The Hunted and the Haunted: An Inside Look at the New York Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy,” followed by a panel discussion

University of Virginia English professor Deborah McDowell was in graduate school when she first read Zora Neale Hurston.

May 8, 2012 — When Z'etoile Imma taught University of Virginia undergraduates about Africa, she would ask, "When I say 'Af

March 1, 2012 — Maria Stewart, a free black woman born in Hartford, Conn., in 1803, is thought to be the first American wo

January 11, 2012 — "Re-Imagining the Public Realm: The Design of the National Museum of African American History and Cultu

December 7, 2011 — The University of California, Berkeley; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Michig

December 6, 2011 — The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia has awarded the first Arts in

October 21, 2011 — The Washington, D.C.-based women's theater collective, the Saartjie Project, will present "Deconstructi

October 19, 2011 — The documentary "Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters," will be presented Oct. 24 by the Carter G.

October 10, 2011 — A specialist on African women writers and an interdisciplinary scholar of literature, music and history

September 13, 2011 — If there is a cap on eligibility for unemployment benefits, who will feel the impact and its reverber

April 11, 2011 — It took the efforts of several generations of students and faculty members to establish African-American

The University of Virginia will hold a symposium April 29 and 30 to examine the situation in Haiti more than a year after

Event to commemorate Kitty Foster and the Canada Community

March 28, 2011 — A list of the titans of the Civil Rights Movement includes Thurgood Marshall, A.

March 2, 2011 — Caribbean writer Maryse Condé will give a public talk, "Journey of a Caribbean Woman Writer," during a two

February 4, 2011 — The University of Virginia series, "Class Matters: Race, Labor and Public Policy in Contemporary Americ

September 16, 2010 — "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" – that's what the University of Virginia will give to Aretha Franklin before her Oct.

September 8, 2010 — Ruthie Gilmore, professor of earth and environmental sciences at City University of New York, will giv

October 19, 2009 — The nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization, the National Associa

April 13, 2009 — An estimated 32 percent of black males will enter state or federal prison during their lifetimes, compare

Cameron Brickhouse is a fourth-year University of Virginia student majoring in African-American and African Studies.

November 13, 2008 — In the artistic projects he takes on, award-winning choreographer Bill T.

October 10, 2008 — The lobby of Minor Hall at the University of Virginia is adorned with poster-sized covers of books writ

April 3, 2008 — "Juvenile Delinquent Becomes Famous Writer" — that's how one critic described author Richard Wright. 

January 28, 2008 — Offering topics as varied as the lives of diamond miners and the meanings of drum songs, residential fe

April 19, 2007- When the University of Virginia established the Carter G.