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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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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Two Students Accepted for Membership in Honor Society

Two African American Studies Program students, Amy Kincaid Thomas and Martez Files, have been accepted into Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society of the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS).

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From Dark Past to Bright Future

Chernell Bizzell’s first night spent in an old, abandoned yellow-brick house was a reality check.

At 16, she had hit rock bottom. Her addiction to crack-cocaine had her living in squalor among addicts who were 30 years in, eating out of dumpsters and wandering the streets during the day. Yet even in her drug-induced haze, her dream for a better life never dulled.

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