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RESOURCE LIBRARY

The African American Studies Resource Library is a select collection of resources relating to African and African American history and culture. The type of materials held in our collection include:

  • Books
  • CDs
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Select Journals
  • AAS Course Reserve Readings and Textbooks

For more information on resources and availability, visit the Department of African American Studies office in Morgan Hall 232.

AWARDS

Social Justice Awards

The Department of African American Studies Social Justice Award is a $250 award given annually to a WIU student. The award (open to all majors) was initiated by Dr. Robert Hironimus-Wendt, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Associate Professor of African American Studies.This award is intended to honor a student who exemplifies leadership in making out shared communal spaces more just and humane, for our students and community members. For more information please contact the Department of African American Studies office at (309)298-1181.

AAS Department Scholar

The Department of African American Studies selects each semester a Departmental Scholar according to the minimum University criteria and additional departmental criteria. Students selected as Departmental Scholars will be invited to the Academic Honors Convocation and will receive a medallion emblazoned with the University seal. In addition, the Departmental Scholar will be nominated for the College of Arts and Sciences College Scholar.

Dr. Essie Manuel Rutledge Scholarship

The Dr. Essie Manuel Rutledge Scholarship was established by Dr. Rutledge upon her retirement in 2006 in honor of her positions as Professor of Sociology and former Chair of the Department of African American Studies. She served the students, college, university and community for 30 years with her academic, cultural, social and political leadership. Details about the scholarship are available from the Department of African American Studies office or the WIU Scholarship Office. Anyone wishing to support the fund financially is encouraged to contact the WIU Foundation Office.

Dr. Rudolph V. Womack Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Rudolph V. Womack Memorial Scholarship was established by the many friends and colleagues of Dr. Womack in honor of his service and commitment to WIU students who needed a helping hand, guidance, and mentoring. Details about the scholarship and how to support the fund are available in the Department of African American Studies office or the WIU Foundation Office.

Other Scholarship Information

Visit the WIU Scholarship Office for more information on available scholarship opportunities.

Student Help Center-Morgan Hall 232

The Department of African American Studies is student-centered and its top priority is to ensure students' success. Students needing assistance may call the department at (309)298-1181 or come to the AAS office to check office hours of faculty who may assist them or to make an appointment with the Department Chair, Dr. F. Erik Brooks. 

Web Resources

The internet is a great resource featuring African American and multicultural images, historical facts, literature, art, etc. Visit these suggested websites.

National Council for Black Studies

United States White House - site for African Americans

National Association of African American Studies

African Literature Association

Association for the Study of African Life and History