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Dedicated to the histories, cultures, and political movements of black communities across the United States and the wider African diaspora, African American Studies at Emory University pursues academic excellence and social responsibility through interdisciplinary scholarship, transformational pedagogy, and engagement with local, national, and international communities of African descent.

Statement on April 25th

The Department of African American Studies stands in solidarity with our students, staff, faculty, and wider Atlanta community members, who have been arrested and criminalized in disregard of their constitutional rights of assembly and free speech at Emory University.

We demand that no students, faculty, staff, activists, or Atlanta community members face disciplinary actions for their participation in campus demonstrations. 

We denounce the disgraceful decision to authorize the presence of local police and state troopers. This jeopardizes free speech and public safety, particularly for vulnerable students of color and religious minorities.  

We condemn all forms of state and institutional violence and repression that have contributed to dire humanitarian crises stemming from colonialism, apartheid, imperialism, and gender-based violence.

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