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Mission Statement

Africana Studies at Holy Cross is an interdisciplinary inquiry and study of the historical and contemporary intellectual traditions, cultures, social institutions, and political movements of the peoples of Africa and the African Diasporas within the interconnected global system. Africana Studies strives to:

  • Promote rigorous and sophisticated exploration of experiences and overlapping intellectual and social traditions of African, African American, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino peoples.
  • Act as a forum for all Holy Cross students, regardless of race or ethnicity, to study together their diverse heritages and common concerns as Americans and citizens of the world.
  • Facilitate an understanding of race and face relations historically and within the contemporary world.
  • Introduce students to and foster engagement with the art and cultural expression of peoples of African descent. 
  • Interrogate and conceptualize the complexities of identity formation.

"Out of the worship of the mass must persist and evolve that higher individualism which the centers of culture protect; there must come a loftier respect for the sovereign human soul that seeks to know itself and the world about it; that seeks a freedom for expansion and self-development; that will love and hate and labor in its own way, untrammeled alike by old and new." 
W.E.B. DuBois, Souls of Black Folk, 1903