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What is African American Studies?

In this Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, a man wears a hoodie which reads, "Black Lives Matter" as stands on the lawn of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. A new poll shows a majority of American young adults, including white youth, support the Black Lives Matter movement. The support from young white adults is an increase from the beginning of the summer and the first time in the poll a majority of black, white, Hispanic and Asian young adults expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

"African-American studies (also known as Black studies) is an inter/multidisciplinary field that analyzes and treats the past and present culture, achievements, characteristics, and issues of people of African descent in North America, the diaspora, and Africa. It has its earliest roots in history, sociology, literature, and the arts. The field's most important concepts, methods, and findings to date are situated within these disciplines."

--Roderic R. Land and M. Christopher Brown, II, "African-American Studies," Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. James W. Guthrie. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. p.65-69.

This guide highlights websites, books, journals and other scholarly sources useful to those studying African American Studies.

Photo Caption: In this Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, a man wears a hoodie which reads, "Black Lives Matter" as stands on the lawn of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. A new poll shows a majority of American young adults, including white youth, support the Black Lives Matter movement. The support from young white adults is an increase from the beginning of the summer and the first time in the poll a majority of black, white, Hispanic and Asian young adults expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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