Black Studies Program

Mission Instruments

The following are the six instruments used to carry out the mission of the Black Studies Program.

  1. Black Studies Academic Program
    This interdisciplinary academic program consists of approximately 89 Black Studies courses offered by 20 different departments which are housed in four different colleges of the University. Students can earn an interdisciplinary major or minor in Black Studies. 
  2. Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center
    The Black Studies Program operates an African American Cultural Center which features revolving exhibits open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Summer hours: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM). Public lectures, films, videos and other programs and activities are available in the center. There is a student lounge and space for community and campus groups to hold meetings.
  3. Black Aspirations Celebration
    A Cleveland State University tradition since 1974, Black Aspirations Week celebrates the heritage of African-American peoples as well as Black America's future. Black Aspirations will feature a series of speakers, workshops, performances, and a community dinner. Please join us as we recognize the faith that the past has taught us and the hope that the present has brought us.
  4. "IMAGES," A Weekly Radio Forum
    Produced by the Office of Black Studies, "Images" interviews international, national and local guests from many fields of endeavor. Broadcast each week on two different Cleveland area stations.
  5. Jazz Heritage Orchestra
    The Jazz Heritage Orchestra (JHO) is a professional 17-piece not-for-profit jazz orchestra officially in residence in the CSU Black Studies Program. The Artistic Director Dennis Bradley Reynolds, former lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Clark Terry Big Band, has selected orchestra members who are some of the nation's finest jazz performers and music educators. A major mission of JHO is to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage of the great African American jazz masters who were the primary creators and innovators of the art of jazz. JHO also seeks to create a valuable legacy of its own. Young African Americans, in particular, have few opportunities to hear great jazz and to learn about it, therefore, a special aspect of the orchestra's mission is to seek out and to educate young African Americans about this music which is a vital part of their heritage. These outstanding musician/educators will take their music to the young people in the schools and in other venues. The orchestra seeks to develop and expand the jazz audience locally, nationally and internationally as it shares the music and jazz education with all peoples of all ages. The orchestra is available for performances and educational residencies both nationally and internationally through the office of the CSU Black Studies Program.
  6. Lecture, Arts And Media Series
    This series brings to the campus and to venues in the community outstanding speakers, performing artists, graphic artists, videos and films. There is an effort to maintain a high standard of excellence in programming and to help fill a void by presenting special programs that might not otherwise be available in the Greater Cleveland Community.