Center for Black Studies
Southern Miss was desegregated in 1965 when Raylawni Branch and Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong became the first African-American students enrolled at the University. Fifty years of progress is evident in the wide-ranging programming, research, teaching, and service activities organized and supported by the Center for Black Studies.
Since its establishment in 2005, the Center for Black Studies has sponsored programs featuring scholars, creative artists, and community activists as guest lecturers on wide-ranging topics relevant to the study of black people and race relations in general.
In the wake of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Centers for Black Studies and for the Study of the Gulf South co-sponsor an online panel discussion featuring panelist to strengthen social justice activism on campus, the wider community and throughout the state. Most recent forums include:
RACISM AND RIGHTS ACTIVISM
IN HBURG & USM: A PANEL DISCUSSION
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOUTH MISS.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Unheard Word
Join us in commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Unheard Word, a publication created for Black students at Southern Miss and circulated between fall 1990 and spring 1993. Dr. Riva Brown, founder of The Unheard Word, produced this project with the support of the Center for Black Studies and assistance from the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists (SMABJ).