Welcome to the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha! Our department consists of scholars and intellectuals who focus their teaching, research, and service on the analysis, critique, and discussion of African continental and diasporic experiences and the systems of oppression and resistance that characterize those experiences, commonly referred to under the rubric of “blackness.” As Africa is the home of humanity and of civilization and society, we believe the knowledge of these is central to the understanding of the whole of human experience. Moreover, the resonant theme of resistance to oppression, spiritual optimism, and social movement organization characteristic throughout the African experience is instructive to all who are interested in social change and cross-cultural communication and tolerance.
We stand at the epoch of a new resurgent African continent with some of the world’s fastest growing economies and most revolutionary political growth, and a diaspora confronted all of the complexities of cultural identity and hybridity in the modern, interdependent world. We stand also at the precipice of a newly revitalized discipline of Black Studies ready to engage multidisciplinary and cross disciplinary perspectives. Here at UNO, our staff brings expertise across a wide variety of subject areas including language and racial identity, “white” privilege, media representations, social stratification, music, epistemology, and critical theory . We invite you to join us and become part of this great adventure. The Department of Black Studies, UNO. The only thing missing is …YOU!
Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, Professor and Chair
Department of Black Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Arts and Sciences, Room 184
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
402-554-2412 (ph)/402-554-3883 (fax)