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CAAAS Founder and Director Reiland Rabaka recognized for work to build "the beloved community"

March 18, 2024

Boulder Chamber honors Reiland Rabaka with Impact Award at 2024 Celebration of Leadership Reiland Rabaka believes in the beloved community. An idea that originated with Harvard University philosopher Josiah Royce and was embraced and expanded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , it guides Rabaka’s vision and work,...

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CAAAS Founder and Director Reiland Rabaka will receive the Community Impact Award from the Boulder Chamber

March 1, 2024

The achievements of the Boulder Chamber’s 2024 Celebration of Leadership honorees are recognized and celebrated far beyond our borders. It is a special privilege for the Boulder Chamber to honor such a wide array of outstanding business, nonprofit, and community leaders who have had such enormously positive impact.

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CU Innovators Podcast featuring CAAAS Founder and Director Reiland Rabaka

Feb. 28, 2024

In this episode Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Professor of African, African American and Caribbean Studies at CU Boulder and Director of CU’s Center for African and African American Studies, tell us how The CAAAS went from a vision to a reality. And we learn about his own journey to academia and...

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Luminaries celebrate a more diverse, welcoming campus

Feb. 2, 2024

Co-star of The Color Purple joins Colorado governor, CU president and chancellor, along with a cadre of artists, to celebrate the Center for African and African American Studies and Black History Month

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Celebrate 1st anniversary of CAAAS Day—Feb. 1

Jan. 4, 2024

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members are all invited to the first annual Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) Day Black History Month celebration on Feb. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. In 2023, Colorado Governor Jared Polis proclaimed the first day of Black...

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How one professor is paving the way for more diversity at CU Boulder

Dec. 1, 2023

On November’s Black Talk, KGNU’s Michele Simpson talked with Dr. Reiland Rabaka the founder and director of the Center for African and African American Studies (the CAAAS) at CU Boulder. Rabaka, who began working at CU Boulder in 2005, says he considered not taking the job because of the school...

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Soul sisters, funksters and Afro-disco divas: the heroes of an unsung movement

Nov. 16, 2023

Dr. Rabaka's book delves into the significant but overlooked intersection of soul, funk, and disco music with the Black Women's Liberation Movement, highlighting how artists like Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan used their music to challenge societal structures of race and gender, contributing to the soundtracks of both the Civil...

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Senator Bennet visits the CAAAS

Oct. 20, 2023

Senator Michael Bennet recently visited the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) at CU Boulder, sparking a vibrant and insightful dialogue with students. The event, held on October 20th, 2023, provided an invaluable opportunity for students to directly engage with the Colorado Senator, delving into discussions that encompassed...

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2023-2024 CAAAS Alice Cleora Reeves Endowed Dissertation Fellow

Oct. 19, 2023

Shamika is a doctoral candidate in the Information Science department at the University of Colorado Boulder advised by Dr. Casey Fiesler. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in African and African-American studies. She then earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New...

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CU Boulder’s Artist Series and Center for African and African American Studies Forge Dynamic Partnership

Sept. 1, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder's cultural scene is set to flourish through a new collaboration between CU Presents' Artist Series and the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), co-sponsoring events that celebrate the richness of African and African American arts and culture, including performances by Nobuntu and Step...