Winter Session Class Discussion of Malcolm X by William Morgenstern


Winter Session Class Discussion of Malcolm X by William Morgenstern


A UMBC Senate passed resolution during the 1970-1971 academic year stated: That the discipline of Afro-American Studies be establish[ed] by September 1971." Mazi Dr. E.N. Njaka was hired as coordinator of the program, with the same status as a department chair, and a panel of experts including Dr. S.N. Nwabara from the University of Nigeria, Dr. Beeman Patterson from Ohio State University, and Dr. Uma Eleazu from the UMBC English Department (formerly chair of Afro-American Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills) were charged with submitting the course of study. The program was approved by the Maryland Council for Higher Education (MCHE) on December 8, 1972, thereby creating the new department now called Africana Studies. This approval was the first time that the MCHE sanctioned an Africana course of studies leading to a B.A. degree. Prior to this approval, related courses were offered as General course offerings. Seen in the photograph are students Walter Brown and Eric Smothers leading GENL 8224: Life and Works of Malcolm X during the 1971 Winter Session.


Morganstern, William


University Photographs


Winter 1971


gelatin silver prints; black-and-white photographs; 4 x 5 in.


UARCPhotos-08; UARC Photos-08-0507




Morganstern, William, “Winter Session Class Discussion of Malcolm X by William Morgenstern,” UMBC 50th, accessed April 21, 2024,