Subject of the Month: 2018

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February 2018


Alpha Kappa Alpha group photo, 1947

Selectors: Alison Stankrauff and Alison Greenlee

Wayne State University created the Center for Black Studies after a student demonstration in 1970. It gained department status in 1989 following another student rally. In 2015, the name changed from the Department of Africana Studies to the Department of African American Studies. Learn about the student activism that led to the establishment of Black studies at Wayne State.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, 1947
A photograph of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority from the 1947 Wayne University yearbook. AKA started in 1908 with the mission to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards and promote unity and friendship among college women of color.


Looking Back on the Revolution - eBooks

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Views from the Revolution - Print

Videos (February 2018)

Under the direction of assistant professor Billicia Hines, WSU students Brandon Wright, Ernest Bentley, Rachel Smith, & Yakeem Tatum perform at the Wayne State University Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, January 13, 2017.

Agents of Change

Current struggles to make colleges welcoming and relevant for students of color continue movements which swept across campuses fifty years ago. AGENTS OF CHANGE tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities: San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969).

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Websites (February 2018)

Databases (February 2018)

Oxford African American Studies Center composite image

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Electronic Journals (February 2018)

Cover of Journal, The Black Scholar, Winter 2017

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Wayne State University Sesquicentennial

WSU Logo with 150 years in the heart of Detroit

On May 18, in 1868, Wayne State University was officially founded as the Detroit Medical College. The first academic term began on Nov. 3, 1868.  On April 22, 1956, the Michigan Legislature adopted Act 183 “to establish and regulate a state institution of higher learning to be known as Wayne State University.” 

Photo of Detroit Medical College with the WSU Seal, Making History Since 1868


Throughout 2018, the WSU Libraries invite you to join us as we celebrate our University's rich history and sesquicentennial. The official celebration period will run from Jan. 1, 2018 to Nov. 1, 2018.  In addition to the Subject of the Month displays, please check the University Calendar for Special Events and Exhibits.

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Subject of the Month Display

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Special Collections Material for the Subject of the Month

Material from the African American Literature Special Collection

Special Collections in the WSULS

Use the "Request from Closed" button on the catalog record to access these books in the African American Literature Special Collection.

WSU Theses and Dissertations

Black Students Today - eBooks

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Black in the Academy


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Books in Print

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