The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), was established in 1975 by African Americans 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 in 1975 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 since 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 excellence and social responsibility.
For over two decades, American education has been profoundly affected by the emergence of Africana/Black Studies. Theimpact on the broader educational establishment is due to the holistic and metadisciplinary approach taken by Africana Studies.Its challenge and to traditional scholarship and its regard for social responsibility in its content and application. Growing fundamentally out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, Africana/Black Studies has become the intellectual extension of that movement. From a holistic approach to the subject matter, Africana/Black Studies scholars have engaged in the meticulousexamination of the global experience of peoples of African descent.
In support of this activity, at least one organization has worked toward the development of the Africana/Black Studies as a discipline from kindergarten to graduate school. That organization is our National Council for Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS). Today, NCBS steadfastly works to:
|International Journal of African Studies|
NCBS publishes a professional refereed journal dedicated to scholarship
and research in African Studies. The
|The Voice of Black Studies|
|This is the official newsletter of NCBS. The newsletter serves to highlight NCBS’s organized achievements and the achievements of its members, and institutional members. The Voice is provided as a service to members and runs a section on employment opportunities in the field. The Voice also carries advertisements on conferences, and academic programs which are of interest to the membership of NCBS.|
|The Annual Conference Proceedings makes available up-to-date research and scholarship presented at NCBS conferences to researchers in the field, and to the general public|
|NCBS Publishing House|
|In !995, the NCBS Board has established an in-house publications agenda and appointed Dr. Diedre Badejo, Professor of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University, Ohio as the General Editor of NCBS publications. The Publishing House is slated to commission top-notch scholars to author much-needed textbooks for use at the K-12 level, undergraduate, and graduate students. It is also anticipated that with the Publishing House in place, NCBS will now be able to commission important research projects encompassing African World Peoples. Partnership with various established publishing agencies are under consideration.|
|Since 1990, NCBS has organized Summer Institutes for Africana Studies scholars who are teaching, or contemplating teaching in Africana Studies Programs. The aim of the Summer Institute is to bring young scholars (who are actually trained outside of the discipline) together with established seniors scholars to explore cutting-edge intellectual issues in the field. These institutes have been very useful in building a cadre of scholars who are exploring new and exciting research paradigms, and networking with each other through NCBS’s Summer Institute Alumni Network. Since 1993, the Summer Institute has been held in Accra, Ghana in collaboration with the University of Ghana, Legon. Many of these alumni have become active members, and in some cases, board members of NCBS.|
|The Annual Africana Studies Administrative Institute provide new Africana Studies Department Chairs and Program Directors with an outstanding of the particulars of administering Africana/Black Studies programs within predominantly white institutions. However, over the years the institute has proved very useful fro administrators from historically black institutions. In addition to a rigorous examination of the basic philosophical and bureaucratic challenges that confront the leadership of the discipline, attention is paid to issues such as sexual harassment, affirmative action, and other matters that contemporary administrators have to understand.|
|Academic Symposia and Mini Conferences|
|NCBS has recently initiated the practice of holding symposia and mini conferences in conjunction with interested member institutions and departments, focusing on important issues and concerns that are central to the mission of NCBS. IN 1995, a mini conference was held at Temple University in Philadelphia on curriculum development for K-1, undergraduate, and graduate education. There are plans in 1997 for symposia on Technology and Distant Learning and Ebonics and Social Class. NCBS co-sponsored with California State University’s Center for African American Educational Excellence, a conference on The State of African American Education in November 1996.|
|African Language Institute|
|Aware of the difficulties associated with the teaching of African Language on college campuses in the United States and other parts of the African World, NCBS is negotiating with the University of Ghana to establish an African Language Institute in Ghana where students from all over the African World can receive the intensive language training. It is anticipated that the Institute can begin its work by summer 1998.|
|The Curriculum Project|
|Since 1985, NCBS has been very active in the development of a meaningful and holistic Africana Studies curriculum for the departments in the United States and other parts of the world. The Africana Studies Holistic Curriculum Model was developed by a National Curriculum Committee which was chaired by Dr. William Little. The model established new curricular standards for undergraduate programs and there is ongoing consultation with educators at all levels to establish standards for K-12 and for graduate studies.|
|To ensure that academic programs are of a quality and standard that is acceptable and in line with advancements in the discipline. NCBS provides program evaluation services to colleges and universities. Evaluation is carried out by reputable scholars who have been involved in the development of the discipline. Beginning in 1997, the organization will be carrying out a comprehensive review and ranking of all Africana Studies programs in the United States.|
The organization is actively committed t the creation and maintenance of a worldwide forum fro the advancement of knowledge on and about the history, culture, welfare, and life possibilities of people of African descent. To that end, NCBS endeavors to keep scholars from all across the Diaspora in touch with each other. NCBS is recognized worldwide as a primary forum for the internationally acclaimed scholars, researchers, community leaders (within and outside of the discipline milieu) to share information, form network, and create strategies for the development of Africana Studies as an integral and viable entity in American education and in curricula all over the world. The organization now has representation and/or offices in Ghana, Guyana. The United Kingdom, and South Africa.
By striving to achieve its primary goals of defining, promoting, and enriching research and instruction in Black/ Africana Studies, the organization has become a vehicle for advancing the knowledge on, and about the history, lives culture, and life possibilities of people of the African World. In doing so, it seeks to affect public policy int he United States and thus, contribute to the liberation of people of the African descent throughout Africa and the Diaspora.
|NCBS has over 250 colleges, universities, school districts, and community organizations who subscribe as “institutional” members, and about 2000 professional, student, and community members.|