Who Are We?
The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world. For more than 30 years our members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline. Our commitment to putting theory into practice, however, has also led us to the front lines of community issues throughout the African Diaspora. Our guiding philosophy is that education should engender both academic excellence and social responsibility.
Our members include top scholars, community leaders and students focused on a variety of issues related to the African World experience. NCBS supports their efforts by working steadfastly to:
The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) was established in 1975 by African American scholars who recognized the need to formalize the study of the African World experience, as well as expand and strengthen academic units and community programs devoted to this endeavor.
NCBS was formed out of the substantial need for a national stabilizing force in the developing discipline of Africana/Black Studies. The roots of NCBS run deep in the evolutionary growth of the discipline of Africana Studies given that the organization was formed only seven years after the establishment of the first Black Studies Program in the
For over two decades, American education has been profoundly affected by the emergence of Africana/Black Studies. Its impact on the broader educational establishment is due to the holistic and met disciplinary approach taken by Africana Studies. Growing fundamentally out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, Africana/Black Studies has become the intellectual extension of that movement.