Department of Africana Studies Commemorates 1992 Sit-In that Led to the Department’s Creation
Georgia State University’s Department of Africana Studies will commemorate and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1992 sit-in on campus that led to the creation of the department and other efforts to embrace diversity on campus. The department will host a series of virtual and in-person events from Monday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 6 that are free and open to the campus community and public at large.
The 1992 sit-in a was part of protests led by African American students after a racial slur was written on a trash can on campus. Their protests, sit-in and demands in Georgia State’s Sparks Hall challenged the school administration to make the campus a safer place for Black students, women and the LGBTQIA community. The principal demand was for a Department of African American Studies.