African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida provides an impactful overview of the history of African American Studies at the University of Florida. Chapters are based on papers presented at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida. In addition to providing a comprehensive history of African American Studies at the University of Florida, the book also documents the research of Black faculty at UF; examines how students, faculty, and staff involved with African American Studies practice community engagement and service; contains testimonies from community elders; and includes reflections by and about prominent UF alumni such as Judge Stephan Mickle and Dr. David Horne.
African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida presents readers with a valuable opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future of African American Studies, at the University of Florida and beyond.
Jacob U’Mofe Gordon is emeritus professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, Kwame Nkrumah Endowed Chair of African Studies at the University of Ghana, and Senior Fulbright Scholar. Gordon is the Founding Chair of the Founding Chair of the Department of African Studies, now the Department of African and African American Studies, at the University of Kansas in 1970. He is the author or coauthor of over 30 books, book chapters, numerous articles in academic journals, and research reports, including The Selected Works of an African Scholar in the Diaspora: A Retrospective Analysis; Africa and the African Diaspora in the Development of the Global North: The American Story; Revisiting Kwame Nkrumah: Pathways for the Future; African Traditional Leadership: Past, Present and the Future; The African Presence in Black America; and African Studies for the 21st Century.
Paul Ortiz is professor of history at the University of Florida, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and affiliate faculty in African American Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. He is the author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States and Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida. He is also coeditor of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South and People Power: History, Organizing, and Larry Goodwyn’s Democratic Vision in the Twenty-First Century.