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National Council for Black Studies

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), the foremost professional organization for the discipline of Black (Africana, African American) studies, embraces the motto “Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility.” It is this concept that has shaped the national agenda for the organization since its inception in 1975. Founded out of the need for a national body to support Black studies programs that were developing across the country, NCBS has been committed to legitimizing Black studies as an academic discipline and in developing the scholar/activist.

Beginnings

The first Black studies program was established in 1968 at San Francisco State College and others soon followed as indirect as well as direct outgrowths of the civil rights and Black Power movements of the 1950s and 1960s. ...

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