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Center for Black Diaspora

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only LOVE can do that."

The Center for Black Diaspora was established to promote and support the production of scholarly, cultural and creative work related to the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. The center encourages and supports the study of black diaspora in all its complexities as shaped by the historical experiences of Africa and the West, and actively promotes comparative perspectives to illuminate the particular experiences of African people both on the continent and in the diaspora.

As a unit of DePaul, the Center seeks to strengthen the university's commitment to service, justice and diversity by:

  • providing and nurturing an intellectual and supportive environment in the production and dissemination of historical and cultural knowledge about people of African descent
  • generating knowledge through support of conferences, seminars and colloquia; serving the university's external community with programming of interest and relevance to the diverse population of Chicago
  • collaborating with faculty, students, academic units, centers and programs in promoting greater understanding of people of African descent

We welcome the DePaul and Chicago communities to the Center's events. For current programs, please click on the "Events" tab.