Harold Cruse typewriter. Harold Cruse, author of Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, was a former director of the Center of Afroamerican and African Studies now the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Harold Cruse Typewriter
Harold Cruse, author of "Crisis of the Negro Intellectual" was a former director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies now the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Malcolm and Martin Luther King Jr., by Inge Hardison. Donated by James L. Curtis.

Malcolm and Martin
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., by Inge Hardison. Donated by Dr. James L. Curtis.

Assorted drums donated to DAAS over the last 40 years by faculty members and visiting guests.

Drums
Assorted drums donated to DAAS over the last 40 years by faculty members and visiting guests.

The Book of Genesis print series by Jacob Lawrence. Donated by Dr. James L. Curtis.

Jacob Lawrence Prints
The Book of Genesis print series by Jacob Lawrence. Donated by Dr. James L. Curtis.

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Graduation sashes

Welcome to DAAS!

Established in 1970, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) is an interdisciplinary program of research, instruction, and community outreach. Our intellectual mission is to participate in and reflect on emerging directions in the study and representation of the diverse cultures, experiences and societies of Africans and peoples of African descent across the African continent and diaspora. To learn more about our wonderful community of scholars and students as well as our many innovative programs, please browse our website. Note the link to our current newsletter to your right.

DAAS Racial Climate Task Force

The DAAS Faculty and Staff Racial Climate Task Force (DTF) was formed in the fall of 2013 in response to racial and gender climate issues that have become increasingly apparent and urgent at Michigan. The purpose of this departmental task force is multiple: 1) to evidence support for students of color on campus by listening to their concerns and their ideas for making the University of Michigan a positive learning environment for all; 2) to share information within the DAAS administrative and teaching community about issues of campus climate, and to facilitate departmental responses as necessary; 3) to maintain and strengthen lines of communication between DAAS and other campus units regarding climate and diversity; 4) to contribute to a positive educational campus community that embraces diversity and excellence in the Michigan tradition.

Previous activities of the Task Force include the collaborative organization of the student-led Freeze-Out Follow Up forum and the DAAS MLK Day panel “The Power of Protest.” Future Task Force events include co-sponsorship of the Teach-In and visit by historian and political activist Barbara Ransby organized by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, as well as an internal fundraising campaign for students of color. DAASTaskForce@umich.edu.

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