Africana Studies

49th Annual Africana Studies Week

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to Monday, November 5, 2018 - 2:00pm

University Student Union | Black House | Please see schedule for details
Africana Studies Week Flyer


Prelude to the 50th Anniversary. Re-Imagining the Storm: Each One, Reach One.

On October 18, 1968, San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN) football team competed against Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Two contemptible acts of abhorrence were committed on this day that lead to the creation of Africana Studies (formerly Pan African Studies) and the subsequent creation of other ethnic studies programs at California State University, Northridge. Now, almost 50 years later, we remember the Storm and the deeds that these catalogs of oppression and discrimination brought on. These examples prove repeatedly that African Americans and humans, in general, can persevere and strive to attain anything we collectively put our minds to. Frederick Douglass once surmised in his 1862 speech at the Emancipation League that "The destiny of the colored American ... is the destiny of America."

Join us for our 49th annual Africana Studies Week 2018 as we re-imagine the Storm, through our Renaissance of Consciousness Alumni panel and the State of Black Studies: Then & Now.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 1 | 5:00pm-7:00PM | Black House (18348 Halsted Street)

  • Black Votes Matter with reps from Black Lives Matter

Friday, November 2 | 11:00am-2:00PM | Plaza del Sol, USU (refreshments served at 12:00pm)
Theme: Re-Imagining the Storm

  • Drum Circle
  • Film: Storm at Valley State
  • Alumni Panel: Renaissance of Consciousness

Monday, November 5 | 12:30pm-2:00PM | Thousand Oaks Room, USU

  • Guest Speaker, Dr. Selase Williams, Former Chair CSUN Pan African Studies: The State of Black Studies: Then & Now

Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers, real-time captionists, or assistive listening devices) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact Dr. Cedric Hackett at or (818)677-3311.