UofL’s PAS Program Celebrates Its 42nd Anniversary

Beth Beck's Blog

Louisville’s Pan-African Studies Department is celebrating their 42nd anniversary this year. The department facilitates the broad study of African American society and culture. Major, minor, and graduate programs are available to students. Their mission is to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of African history and prepare them for potential careers related to this field of study.

The department was founded in 1973, a time when racism was a more active societal threat in comparison to today. In 1954, the Brown vs. Board of Education trial resulted in the desegregation of education. Universities began to incorporate a more diverse curriculum to better facilitate the needs of African American students. The curriculum was altered to include a wide array of Black Studies courses. According to the Pan African Studies Department, there are reportedly 300 educational institutions that offer such course programs. The University of Louisville is the only school in Kentucky…

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