Letter from the Department Head


Akwaaba! Karibu! Welcome to VSU's African American Studies home page and congratulations on having accessed our exciting program. African American Studies is committed foremost to academic excellence, to the acquisition of knowledge concerning people of African descent, and to fostering interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism and diversity at Valdosta State and particularly in the southeast Georgia region. Established in 1996, AFAM has already experienced astronomical growth. The program has recruited over 300 minors with several having completed the minor requirements. Please don't leave until you have accessed all of our program services, including course descriptions and offerings, the AFAM Resource Center and special announcements. For many students, faculty and visiting friends, an involvement with African American Studies at VSU has been an academic, cultural adventure of a lifetime. Again, "Akwaaba".1

1.) Akwaaba, from the Ghanaian language Twi, and Karibu, from the Swahili language, meaning "welcome".

Please Contact Me:

Dr. Calvin M. Walker, Director
African American Studies Program 
1107 Nevins Hall 
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
Phone: 229.249.4843
FAX: 229.259.5044
E-mail: cawalker@valdosta.edu 


Dr. Shirley Hardin's Retirement Celebration and Scholarship Banquet

After 40 years of teaching, encouraging and mentoring students of all ages, Dr. Shirley Hodge Hardin, Valdosta State University Director of African American Studies and Professor of English, has finally celebrated her tenure in academia by “Paying It Forward” at a Retirement Banquet that was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at VSU’s Student Union Ballroom.   The event facilitated the establishment of an academic scholarship for VSU students. To donate please click the link below. 

Paying It Forward: The Retirement Celebration and Scholarship Banquet for Dr. Shirley Hodge Hardin 
(40 Years in Education)
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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a multicultural student organization.

Program Motto:

"Know whence ye came. If ye know from whence ye came, there is really no limit to where you can go."

-James Baldwin, Author