African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers-Newark

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

AfAm Week
7-12, 2022


African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers University-Newark is November 7-12, 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, November 7

All Day | AfAm Week Kick-Off
Start the week by following us @RUNAfAm on social media (with hashtag #RUNAfAmWeek) for spotlights on students, faculty, and alumni discussing the continued importance of Black studies.

11:30 - 12:50pm | Location TBA | Breath Work: Schooling and the Politics of Black Aspiration
“Deadbeats on the State”: Fighting for the Right to Vote in the Deep South
Attempts to limit the franchise in this country are probably more brazen than they have been in half a century.  This is a good time to recall some of the people who led the fight to secure the right to vote in the Deep South in the years after WWII.

Professor Payne is Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at RU-N and the Director of the Joseph Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Research.

All Day |  Gallery Walk 
Take a walk around Conklin Hall and engage with some of the featured exhibits on the third floor.

  • Black Power! 19th Century: Newark's First African Rebellion
    Looks at Black activism in Newark in the 1800s, showing that there was African American community and activism years before the well-known Newark Rebellion, which happened in 1967.

  • 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.