Black Studies Program

Black Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Black Studies Program and
Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd
Distinguished Professor, Department of African American Studies, Wayne State University

Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd is a Distinguished Professor in African American Studies at Wayne State University and an award-winning author of 13 books, nine of which are poetry.  Boyd’s critically acclaimed and widely reviewed, Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911, was the first comprehensive study on Harper. Boyd’s poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, academic journals, cultural periodicals and newspapers in the United States and Europe. She has a Doctor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Western Michigan University.

Music performed by the Jazz Heritage Orchestra Quartet led by Glenn Holmes.

Co-sponsored by the Black Studies Program, Cultural Crossings, and the CLASS Dean's Diversity Council.