Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Black Studies Degree OK'd at Savannah

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Black Studies Degree OK'd at Savannah

Article excerpt

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents gave Savannah State University

an important tool yesterday to help it carry out its mission of

interpreting and transmitting the black legacy: a degree program

in African-American studies.

The board approved the new degree without comment yesterday,

27 years after students called for the program during a 1970

school protest.

Supporters say the program will embrace a special niche

through its location in coastal Georgia, which is fertile ground

for African and AfricanAmerican culture.

It also will provide student and faculty exchanges with

African universities, according to Board of Regents officials.

"An African-American studies degree was one of the first

things students asked for when we came on board in July," said

Joseph Silver, the school's new vice president for academic

affairs. "And we saw no reason why that request couldn't be

met."

Of the 79 public and private colleges and universities in

Georgia, only two private schools -- Clark Atlanta and Emory --

offer degrees in African and African-American studies.

Georgia State University in Atlanta plans to request a similar

degree program in January. If approved, they will share courses

in African-American women's history and fiction with Savannah

State in exchange for SSU's classes on the Gullah culture.

Regents officials said Savannah State, one of three

historically black universities in the Georgia system, is

ideally located for the program. …

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