“In advanced societies, it is not the race politicians or the 'rights' leaders who create the new images of man. That role belongs to the artists and the intellectuals of each generation.”

Harold Cruse
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual

Black Studies Calendar

Zora-Neale Profiles

Welcome to the UMKC Black Studies Program, an academic unit that holistically examines the experience, contributions and condition
of African-descent peoples in the formation and evolution of American society and culture. Where relevant to these objectives, our focus extends to an examination of the active role of Africa and the African Diaspora in global society and human culture. The Black Studies Program — through both a social scientific and a humanistic orientation — provides a unique and rich approach to accessing and comprehending the human experience.