The Department of Black Studies

The Department of Black Studies
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Course Information

Learn more about majoring or minoring in Black Studies.

In Loving Memory of Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers

Dr. Albert J. Williams-Myers

It is with sadness that the College shares the news of the death of Dr. Albert J. (“A.J.”) Williams-Myers, professor emeritus of Black Studies and a longtime community leader based in Kingston, New York. He passed away peacefully on July 12, 2021, after a brief illness.

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Juneteenth Statement

On this date in 1865, enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their Emancipation after hearing General Granger reading of General Order #3. 
Upon their recognition that all enslaved were now free from bondage, celebrations began and created a tradition that has lasted over 150 years.  The Black Studies Department of SUNY New Paltz recognizes and observes the holiday of Juneteenth as a day to:

  • honor the legacy of those enslaved Africans who despite their condition, worked tirelessly to achieve freedom and liberation for themselves and all who were in bondage. 
  •  to celebrate Black Emancipation in the United States of America.
  • to acknowledge and celebrate those who continue to struggle for the liberation of Black people in America and all over the World. 

 This is a day of celebration and jubilee for BLACK EXCELLENCE!!!

HAPPY JUNETEENTH!!!

Black Studies Department

 

The Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz is one of the first and oldest of its kind in the nation. Devoted to the exploration and analysis of the history and culture of African people in the United States, Caribbean, and Africa, Black Studies define the Black experience from an African and Afro-American perspective, illuminate the contribution of African people to world culture, and correct a traditional approach to the study of world history that has tended to bypass the African Diaspora experience.

A major in Black Studies may be utilized as the foundation for graduate studies in all areas of social sciences. It provides a background for students interested in the field of social welfare, and an added dimension for those seeking careers in government and foreign services. The Black Studies education curricula lead to careers in teaching.

An Alum's Perspective: Alicia Hyndman '93

New York State Assemblywoman, 29th District

"The four years I spent at SUNY New Paltz have everything to do with the person I am today. I entered the school only knowing one person and left with a huge family."

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Contact Us

Office: Faculty Office Building West 2
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive.
New Paltz, NY 12561

Email: blackstudies@newpaltz.edu
Phone: (845) 257-2760
Fax: (845) 257-2768