Many archaeologists and anthropologists note that the birthplace of civilization is Alkebulan. Today many people know Alkebulan as Africa. We all can claim rights to the continent, despite our apparent racial and ethnic differences. We can see the influence of African civilization in our dance, foods, languages, martial arts, music, religions, spiritual practices, and even full moon drum circles. Ah yes, Alkebulan-Mother Africa is home to all of Us. It is time for Us to learn more about the birthplace of civilization from an artistic, humanistic, linguistic, religious, sociological, and psychological perspective.
Welcome to the Africana Studies Minor. We, the faculty and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Karen Callaghan, promise you courses that will enlighten and expand your understanding of Africans from the Diaspora. I hope to provide you with a richer knowledge of self. As students in the minor, you will be exposed to the important contributions people of African descent worldwide, such as Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, have made to ancient and modern civilizations. Like our students at Barry, the faculty represent different racial and ethnic groups, so we look forward to you discovering, promoting, and sharing your diverse perspectives with the course instructors. The African Studies Program will offer courses, activities, and programs that will empower, heal, transform, and uplift all students at Barry University.
Africana Studies is the study of Us. All of Us. Us includes first-generation college students, students from various socioeconomic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, student-athletes, and students from other countries. Us includes all social identities, and we plan to allow all students to express their whole self: Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture stated, “The roots are many and deep - they will shoot up again!” So let Us overcover, discover, and claim our roots. We hope you will declare Africana Studies as your minor and embrace the Sankofa philosophy of “go back and fetch it. Fetch the aspects of our past that will allow us to envision a brighter present and future.
Pamela D. Hall, Ph.D.
Director of the Africana Studies Program