African American studies

David Wall Rice, Morehouse College professor, to speak during annual MLK celebration

The virtual event will be available to view at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, on the College’s YouTube page.... READ MORE >>

New chief diversity officer Keesha Burke-Henderson brings experience, leadership, and commitment to students

Before embarking on a career in diversity and inclusion, Keesha Burke-Henderson worked as a communication lecturer—with a focus on culture, race, and gender—for more than 15 years. She also spent a portion of her college years as a professional, traditional African dancer, which taught her the importance of a global worldview. “I was living in... READ MORE >>

A message from President Bateman about the new African-American Experience at Randolph Task Force

I am writing today to announce the formation of the Task Force on the African-American Experience at Randolph College.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor gives talk at Virginia Museum of History and Culture

Kelley Deetz

  Kelley Fanto Deetz, an adjunct sociology professor, will give a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture this week as part of Black History Month. The talk, titled “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine,” will take place Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Richmond-area... READ MORE >>

Scholar on African history, heritage to give two-part Thayer Lecture at Randolph

Randolph College will host a two-part Thayer Lecture featuring Sheila Walker, a cultural anthropologist, writer, and filmmaker who has taught African and African American studies at the University of Texas, Austin, and directed the African Diaspora Program at Spelman College. On Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Walker will show Familiar Faces, Unexpected Places, a... READ MORE >>

Step by step: New student group wowing audiences with talent and dedication

The Randolph College Step Team debuted at the men's basketball team's home opener in November

During the halftime show at the season opener for the women’s basketball team, a group of students raced out onto the court. As they began their carefully choreographed step routine, the energy level in the gym ramped up, with the amazed crowd responding with cheers and applause. That debut performance was just the beginning for... READ MORE >>

Black Student Alliance hosts first-ever Conference on Social Justice in Education

Black Student Association members pictured with the speakers, Ghislaine Lewis '05 and Noliwe Rooks

Randolph College’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) hosted its first-ever Conference for Social Justice in Education on Saturday. The theme was “Being Black in the Diaspora,” and the program featured panel discussions, workshops, and a keynote by Noliwe Rooks, an Africana studies professor at Cornell University. The conference was designed to provide an opportunity for educators,... READ MORE >>