National Council for Black Studies

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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:


  • Establish standards of excellence and provide development guidance for Black Studies programs in institutions of higher learning
  • Facilitate the recruitment of black scholars at all levels
  • Promote scholarly Afrocentric research on all aspects of the African World Experience and make this information more accessible to the general public
  • Assist in the creation of multi-cultural education programs and materials for K-12 schools
  • Provide professional advice to policy makers in education, government and community development


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 United States. Today, the purpose of the NCBS is multidimensional and the scope of its functioning is quite broad. As an academic organization, NCBS is committed to academic excellence and social responsibility.

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.


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National Council for Black Studies, Inc.
Promoting Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

University of Cincinnati
Department of Africana Studies
3514 French Hall West
Cincinnati, OH 45221


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