As part of African American History & Heritage Month, the Department of Africana Studies at UM-Flint presents Africa Week.
Every February, we will offer a week-long series of celebrations and activities that explore the vibrant ties that exist between Africa and its Diaspora. By showcasing artists, experts, and works from across the city, state, country, and world, we hope to give individuals from our campus and community an opportunity to come together and share in the learning of culture, history, and experience. Our events are free and open to the public.
The Visiting African/African Diaspora Artist Series is a partnership between the University of Michigan-Flint and the Flint Public Library, funded in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation. The Series brings authors, poets, playwrights, and journalists of African descent to Flint, Michigan. One purpose is to expose our university and communities to the complexity and richness of modern African culture, as well as the heritage of Africans and people of African descent, and so to embrace diversity. Another purpose is to engage people with the many interesting and challenging issues created by the historical and modern African Diaspora.
To commemorate the signing of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Department of Africana Studies holds an annual Human Rights Day event on or around February 10th. The event involves student and faculty activities including lectures, poetry reading, music, dance and dramatic monologues to increase awareness about human rights issues.