Black Studies Program

Message from the director

Message from the director:


As we start the fall semester, I would like to welcome back our students, faculty, and staff. To our students, the Black Studies faculty and staff are here to assist with your academic needs and concerns. Our commitment to your academic development is steadfast.

This fall semester the Black Studies Program proudly welcomes our new faculty member, Dr. Ebenezer Concepción. Dr. Concepción received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research explores intersections of sex, gender, race, religion, and migration in modern and contemporary contexts to examine identity and embodiment in transnational and transatlantic Latin American and Latinx societies.

His current book project, The Politics of Care, Religious Liberty, and Social Justice in Latin(x) American Evangelicalism, draws on oral history and critical ethnography of the Latin American Council of the Pentecostal Church of God, Inc., a 70-year-old non-profit organization with Puerto Rican roots that began in New York and has grown to contain over 500 churches worldwide with nearly 900 ministers. His study makes connections between Afro-Indigenous histories of transnational migration and issues/questions of “belonging” as they manifest in contemporary religions in the U.S. and Afro-Latin America today.

In addition to welcoming our new faculty member, I would like to welcome our new majors and minors. Our six new majors are: D’Auzhanay Harden, Kya London, Prester Pickett II, Olivia Saxton, Khalid Shabazzibn, and Kavieon Spencer. Our two new minors are: Robisha Horton and Carmyn Clay. As director, I am thrilled that you chose Black Studies as a major or minor, and I look forward to working with you this academic year!

Lastly, the Black Studies Program congratulates our recent graduates: Rashun Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Lamar McCornell, Camilya Williams, and Karen Washington. To our graduates, I wish you success with your future endeavors. With social justice as a vital component of the Black Studies Program, I encourage you all to be agents of change within your own community as we strive to make America a more inclusive society.

For information about upcoming fall-semester events, please visit our website. I wish you a wonderful start to a great semester!

Thomas L. Bynum, Ph.D.
Director of Black Studies Program
Associate Professor of History

“We must become the change we want to see.”
–Mahatma Gandhi