The first course in African-American studies, ENG 371: “Modern Black American Literature,” was taught by Professor Andrew Angyal in the Department of English in the spring of 1979.
With additional faculty hired in 1987 and 1992 to offer more courses in African and African-American Studies, Elon recognized African & African-American Studies as an interdisciplinary program in 1994 under the leadership of Prof. K. Wilhelmina Boyd.
Mustakeem completed her Ph.D. in history at Michigan State. Her dissertation, "Ripples of Infinity: Gender, Health, and Violence in the Middle Passage 1721-1808", conducts a social history of the slave ship experience during the legal slave trading period. She is currently an assistant professor of History at Washington University St. Louis.
Author and Scholar, Cornell West, spoke on
campus in March 2003.
Denise Hartsfield, North Carolina attorney,
gave the MLK address in January 2002.