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In 2005, the Center for Black Studies was established to affirm the university’s commitment of fulfilling its diversity initiatives. 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. The mission of the Center is two-fold: to promote research and provide educational opportunities related to the history and culture of African Americans and the Black Diaspora and to facilitate connections between the University and the various social, political, and economic entities that address Black experiences.

 

For more information on the Center for Black Studies, please contact:

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Sherita L. Johnson, Director of the Center of Black Studies
Associate Professor, Department of English
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5037
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
601.266.4068
Sherita.Johnson@usm.edu

 

 

 

Cheryl Jenkins, Associate Director of the Center of Black Studies
Assistant Professor, School of Mass Communication and Journalism
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5121
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
601.266.4258
Cheryl.Jenkins@usm.edu

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