African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers-Newark

Image of Globe featuring Africa imposed on panorama of RU-N campus

AfAm Week
21-25, 2022


African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers University-Newark is March 21-25, 2022!

This week-long event will showcase the value of a major or minor in African American and African Studies and present opportunities to learn more about our world-class faculty, course offerings, and career pathways.

Don’t miss a moment of this week devoted to community by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@RUNAfAm) and by sharing photos of events/exhibits and what you have learned using the tag #RUNAfAmWeek.  Our most engaged students will be among those receiving special prizes as part of the week’s celebration. Our Department, located on the third floor of Conklin Hall, will have tables with brochures about our major and minor and some giveaways available throughout the week. 


Monday, March 21 | 11:30-12:50om | 346 Conklin Hall
AfAm Week Kick-Off

“Deadbeats on the State”: Fighting for the Right to Vote in the Deep South

Tuesday, February 11 | 1:00-2:20pm | 346 Conklin Hall
AfAm Week Quiz Bowl (open to all Rutgers University-Newark students)

Who was the first African American to win an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Oscar? What Caribbean nation became the first to gain its independence from European colonization in 1804? The landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education arose out of what state?

Join us for the AfAm Week Quiz Bowl, a fast-paced game of trivia spanning African and African American literature, history, and popular culture.  Students are invited to show off their knowledge while competing for prizes. All participants will receive a prize. Those with the highest score will receive a Kite and Key gift card.  

Follow us on social media (including Instagram stories) for a sneak peek at some of the questions we will be asking.  

Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, March 23 - Giving Day
2:30-3:30PM | 346 Conklin Hall Why Study African American and African Studies? 

(open to all Rutgers University-Newark students)

Join students, faculty, and alumni for a discussion on the continued importance of Black studies. This event will explore the complexity of Black identity and the broad cross range of cultures, customs, languages that reflect who we are. 

Lunch will be served.

Gallery Walk 

Take some time to engage with the exhibits mounted on the third floor of Conklin Hall.

Featured installations on Conklin Hall’s 3rd Floor:

  • Conklin Hall Takevoer
    On February 24th 1969, members of the Rutgers-Newark Black Organization of Students (BOS) took over Conklin Hall, one of the main classroom buildings, to protest the lack of minority students and faculty on campus. View images from that time and stay tuned for an expanded installation in 2020.

  • From Rebellion to Review Board
    Tells the story of African American, Puerto Rican, and LGBTQ activists’ struggles against police misconduct and political disenfranchisement to claim power in Newark.

  • At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project 
    Tells the stories of how LGBTQ Newarkers have claimed space for themselves in bars, balls, houses of worship, street corners, community centers, and artistic venues in the face of poverty, violence, illness, racism and discrimination. Through their activism, creative expression, and determination, they have made Newark their home.

Visit our office to ask any questions that you may have about the exhibits or about our academic program, courses, and faculty.

Thursday, March 24 | 6:00PM | Zoom & Facebook Live (open to the public)
Horror Noire: A conversation with Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Northwestern University

Join us for a conversation about Black contributions to the horror genre and how horror films offer a representational space for Black people to challenge negative and racist media images.

Friday, March 25 | 5:00PM | Zoom (open to the public)