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Black Studies Degree OK'd at Savannah
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
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
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. …