Black
Lives
matter

AAAS unequivocally and unapologetically maintains that Black Lives Matter. This statement of fact precedes yet includes ideological and political intervention in response to antiblack racial oppression. We understand the meaning and fullness of Black life to be irreducible to Black genocide and state violence. We are more than what happened/s to us. Following the Black feminist wisdom of Audre Lorde, we are who we say we are and wholeheartedly committed to the work that is distinctively ours to do.
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Ruth Nicole Brown​

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April Baker Bell​

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Ruth Nicole Brown​

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Faculty Publications

Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

2020

April Baker-Bell

Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy

2009

Ruth Nicole Brown

Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood

2013

Ruth Nicole Brown

Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture

2018

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The Black Scholar

2016

Kristie Dotson

Global Women Leaders: Studies in Feminist Political Rhetoric

2014

Multiple Authorship

Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT) is a space to celebrate Black girlhood in all of its complexity with Black girls and those who love and support us. In SOLHOT we dance, sing, discuss important issues, create art, and organize together to improve the communities of which we are a part. We do what needs to be done. The process of doing SOLHOT involves being together and deciding what our work will be based on the gifts, talents, and ideas of those who show up. More than anything we value Black girls’ lives and create spaces to affirm Black girl genius. 

The mission of The Feminist Wire is to provide socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally. Of particular critical interest to us are social and political phenomena that block, negate, or limit the satisfaction of goods or ends that humans, especially the most vulnerable, minimally require for living free of structural violence. The Feminist Wire seeks to valorize and sustain pro-feminist representations and create alternative frameworks to build a just and equitable society.

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Taking Up Space as a Scholar, Activist, and Visionary Co-Builder of the New AAAS Department

Scholar, author, activist, and visionary builder, these are just a few words to describe Tamura Lomax, Foundational Associate Professor, who came to Michigan State University to work alongside Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chair.

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MSU African American and African Studies Seeks ‘Technologies of Living for Survival Into Wellness’

On this segment of MSU Today, we explore the vision, mission and values of Michigan State University’s Department of African American and African Studies.
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Collectively Building Anew: the Department of African American and African Studies

As we distance ourselves to help stop the spread of a deadly virus, a new department is being built within Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters — the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS).

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Black
Lives
matter

AAAS unequivocally and unapologetically maintains that Black Lives Matter. This statement of fact precedes yet includes ideological and political intervention in response to antiblack racial oppression. We understand the meaning and fullness of Black life to be irreducible to Black genocide and state violence. We are more than what happened/s to us. In the Black feminist tradition, we are what and who we say we are. Blacks lives matter because we know and say they do. Because Black lives shape the past, present, future, and the future’s future.

Ruth Nicole Brown

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Tamura Lomax

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April Baker Bell

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