History/African American Studies Major to Give Commencement Speach

Martez Files, the undergraduate speaker for the Fall 2014 morning commencement ceremony, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies.

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Special Topics Course: Social Justice & Identity

Looking for a cool course to take this fall? Sign up for Social Justice & Identity (AAS 250), offered by the African American Studies Program.

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African American Student Organization Receives Honor

The African American Studies Organization was honored with the Program/Event of the Year Award at the Student Excellence Awards ceremony on April 23, 2014. The award, presented by Student Life, recognizes a group of students or a student organization that has developed and implemented an outstanding, innovative program that significantly contributed to the quality of life at UAB.

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Dexter Forbes’ Unlikely Beginnings

Five years ago Dexter Forbes would never have predicted that he would graduate with an African American Studies major. Before coming to UAB he “had no idea that there was such a thing as African American Studies.” Even attending college in a city with such a strong African American heritage was a coincidence. “I didn’t know how important Birmingham was [to the Civil Rights movement] before I came down here,” he says.

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African American Studies Students at the UAB Undergraduate Expo

Three students from the African American Studies Program participated in the 7th Annual Undergraduate Student Expo on April 11, 2014. The Expo provides a forum for students, faculty, and the UAB community to discuss cutting edge research and creative topics and to examine the connection between research, education, creative activities, and experiential learning.

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An Early Graduate Shares Her Wisdom

"Exposure to information and exposure to people" — Michelle Craig says this is what she gained from UAB’s African American Studies Program, experiences that lead to a successful career. Craig was one of the first graduates of the program. She says that the universal skills she learned are helpful in all areas of life and are transferrable to almost any career.

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