Africana Studies
Programs & Events

Programs & Events

The Africana Studies Program hosts numerous programs and events throughout the year, including Black History Month, lecture series, a Civil Rights Tour, and more.

Past Events

Community Course
Lecture Series

The Africana Studies Community Course lecture series is an outreach component of our program.

Sessions are conducted at various locations throughout Spokane with a goal to help educate and interact with the larger Cheney/Spokane community.

Each session created a vibrant atmosphere of interconnectivity and critical thinking.

The sessions are free and open to the community.

Due to COVID-19 our Community Connection series has moved online with the Spokane Public Library.

In case you missed the August 2020 event, here is a link to Beyond Afrocentric Essentialism to a Reconstruction of Black Identity with Senior Lecturer and Faculty Commons Director Angela Schwendiman

2020 Civil Rights Tour

Be a Part of the Next 1,000 Mile Civil Rights Tour


During the winter quarter of 2019, students attended a once-a-week class, AAST 496 to get familiarized with the history of America’s post-World War II Civil Rights period.

As a culmination to the course requirements, the entire class went on a Deep South Civil Rights Tour during Spring Break to the major Civil Rights landmarks. By journeying over 1,000 miles in seven days through five states and 22 stops, students experienced the eyewitness testimonies of the fight for racial equality. The course throughout involved daily journaling and led up to several class presentations.

View our video with student testimonies.

When: TBD

Cost: To be determined. Students will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $150 required as a down payment. Airfare, hotels, all ground transportation, meals, and museum fees will be included in one bundled price.

Who: 20 students will be selected after a panel review based on submission of application and essay.

Course: AAST 496 – 1,000 Mile Civil Rights Tour, conducted by faculty members Angela Schwendiman, Nkera Osombi, and Scott Finnie

Winter Quarter 2020: Five credits, meeting once a week during the quarter, culminating in a seven-day experiential learning tour of the Deep South’s Civil Rights landmarks and museums in the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Montgomery, AL; New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; and Birmingham, AL.

Group of students standing in front of the Peace and Justice Center
Facade of the Civil Rights Tour Center with water fountain and trees
Smiling group of students in front of a civil rights mural