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African American Studies at Frostburg State University

Welcome to the African American Studies Program at Frostburg State University. We encourage you to learn more about this program by browsing through our webpages. If you have further questions, please send an email to the Program Coordinator Dr. Amy Branam Armiento.

Study Abroad in the Dominican Republic with AAST 490: The Slave Narrative

The first twelve, full-time students to enroll in the course will receive a
$200 scholarship from the FSU Foundation.

The Domincan Republic coastline.

Deadline for Enrollment (without late fees): Friday, October 6, 2017
Click here to sign up.

The purpose of this experience is to immerse students in the setting of Caribbean slave narratives.
See the syllabus.

FSU scholarships are available to students enrolled in the class. 
Visit the Center for International Education or email Victoria Gearhart for more information.

Upcoming Events

This flyer displays the presentation information and a photograph of Mai'a Wiliams and China Martens.Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. Main Street Books & Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. Clatter, 15 S. Broadway, Frostburg, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines, China Martens and Mai'a Williams, Indie Lit Festival

Co-sponsors: African American Studies, Women's Studies, Sociology, and the Center for Literary Arts.

Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that many mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits, activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present, move beyond individual narratives of choice toward collective solutions, live for more than ourselves, and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see. Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.  Information from the PM Press website:


This poster pictures a fugitive slave family and lists the information for the event.Saturday, November 4, 7-9 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 2nd Annual Samuel Denson's Last Run 

Co-sponsors: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Allegany College of Maryland NAACP Club,  FSU’s African American Studies Program, FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, FSU's Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and FSU's United Voices under God's Dominion Gospel Choir

FSU and ACM students will re-enact a fugitive slave journey at this stop on the Underground Railroad.  Held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, this event, coordinated by Lynn Bowman, a professor at Allegany College of Maryland, celebrates the 153rd anniversary of Maryland’s Emancipation Day – Nov. 1, 1864.

Monday, November 6, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center, Atkinson Room, Resistance behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law

Co-sponsors: African American Studies, FSU Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee Workshop/Speaker Grant program, and the FSU Foundation Opportunity Grant program

Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, which won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award. She frequently writes and speaks about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance.  For more information, visit

November 16, 7:30 PM, Lyric, Robert Earl Price

Co-sponsors: The Center for Literary Arts and African American Studies

Robert Earl Price won the American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Cultural Olympics commission for theater.  He was a 2012 recipient of a Maryland Individual Artist Award.  His play Blue Monk was produced in Johannesburg, South Africa. His eleven full-length plays include an adaptation of Claude Brown’s Man Child in the Promised Land and a ritual play, Black Cat Bones For Seven Sons.  He has four volumes of poetry: Bloodlines, Blood Elegy, Blues Blood and Wise Blood.