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50 Year Anniversary of DAAS

Join us in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)! Through a variety of programs, we will reflect on the history of black studies at the University of Michigan and explore emerging directions in the study of the diverse cultures, histories, and societies of African and its diaspora. Together we will reaffirm DAAS’s commitment to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community engagement.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Ujima: Collective Activism at the University of Michigan

Mar. 13 | 3 - 5 PM

This exhibit focuses on the concept of Ujima (collective work and responsibility in Swahili) as it pertains to activism on the campus of the University of Michigan over the years. By seeing how collective action can lead to powerful movements, we are presented with a chronological timeline that demonstrates the importance of community that results in transformation. The majority of photos and articles are from campus resources including the Bentley Historical Library as well as the Michigan Daily’s archives. UJIMA is dedicated to the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Michigan who envisioned and exemplified the principle of Ujima to bring about a more inclusive and equitable university through their thoughts and actions.



Sunday, March 15, 2020

Film Screening: Maasai Remix

7PM | Michigan Theater 

Co-Directed by Ron Mulvihill and Kelly Askew
Produced by Kelly Askew, Adam Mwarabu, Frank Kaipai, and Evalyne Mkulati 

Maasai Remix follows three Maasai individuals who—in the United Nations, a Tanzanian village, an American university—confront challenges and bring hope to their community by drawing strength from local traditions, modifying them when necessary, and melding them with new resources. Sharing a goal of Maasai self-determination in an ever-changing world, Adam, Evalyne and Frank innovate while maintaining an abiding respect and love for their culture.

Cosponsors: Anthropology and the African Studies Center

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Alumni Brunch with the Black Student Union

12-2 PM | Trotter Multicultural Center

The Black Student Union will be hosting its annual alumni brunch. This March, we will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Black Action Movement and the Department of Afro-American and African Studies (DAAS). At this brunch, we hope to explore the ways students balance activism and scholarship while attending the University of Michigan.