Frederick Douglass

Welcome to the African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University. Students from all disciplines are warmly invited to take full advantage of the courses, colloquia, film series, and other programs we offer throughout the year. Our courses and programs offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, worldview, and perspectives about African Americans particularly, as well as African peoples in the diaspora. The program offers courses leading to a minor in African American Studies.


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  • Students and staff at Mississippi State University joined African American Studies on its Third Annual Civil Rights Tour. The tour traveled to historic Philadelphia, MS, a place that was central to the national Civil Rights Movement. The tour was directed by a tour guide throughout Philadelphia, and visited some of its historic civil rights sites. The tour included a visit to City Hall to meet with Philadelphia's first African American Mayor. Photo Gallery
  • African American Studies meets with Civil Rights Legends featured in the documentary, "Standing On My Sisters' Shoulders" for our 2012-2013 Film Showing Series on October 23, 2012. Presenters included the producer of the film, Laura Lipson, the director, Joan Sadoff, along with Civil Rights legends, Flonzie Brownwright and Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey. Photo Gallery
  • African American Studies Film Showing "Freedom Riders", October 26, 2011. Freedom Riders, Hezakiah Watkins and Fred Clark were guest speakers. Photo Gallery
  • "The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics", Dr. Fredrick Harris of Columbia University Lecture, September 26, 2011 Photo Gallery
  • Contesting Borders: Black Feminist Contributions to International Human Rights", Dr. Stanlie M. James, September 20, 2010 - Photo Gallery
  • Stduent Involvement Fair, August 25, 2010 - Photo Gallery
  • An Evening with Sonia Sanchez, Renowned Poet, March 4, 2010 - Photo Gallery
  • Dr. K. C. Morrison, Senior Fellow in African American Studies, A Conversation on Africans in the Diaspora, November 17, 2009 - Photo Gallery
  • Dr. Paul Finkelman, 2009 Scholar-In-Residence, October 26-30, 2009 - Photo Gallery
  • African American Studies Forum/Lecture - September 18, 2008 - Photo Gallery
  • Archived Photo Galleries


National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Awarded

The Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowments of Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is delighted to inform you that your organization has been selected to receive the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” film set and $1,200 programming stipend.

“Created Equal” film sets will be distributed to museums, libraries and community organizations in all 50 states. We are pleased that Mississippi State University Libraries can join this important initiative to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history and civic life.

Grant components include:

  • “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” film set featuring The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.
  • $1,200 stipend to host conversation-based public programming focused on the themes of the film set.
  • A robust site-support notebook both in print and online, with tools for planning public conversations about the themes in the films; a guide for each film annotated to identify short clips for programming use.
  • Access to the “Created Equal” website hosted by the NEH (available in September 2013).
  • An orientation webinar for site coordinators and scholars/facilitators.
  • Participants will engage with a scholar and learn about interpretive materials, public relations, and logistics. Specific details to come shortly.


  • Develop at least three public film-screening and discussion events focusing on themes in the films. Public programs related to the film set should include participation by humanities scholars.
  • Offer these programs free-of-charge and open to the public.
  • Provide required reports, including a final report, to the Gilder Lehrman Institute by the set deadlines.
  • Appoint one staff member as the site coordinator. The coordinator is required to participate in the orientation webinar.
  • The stipend may only be used for programming expenses and may not be used for staff salary or indirect costs.
  • Sites must credit the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Bridging Cultures on all programming material per language in the site support notebook.


2014 Schedule

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Archived events...