Founded in 2004 as an honor society within the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), Ankh Maat Wedjau’s purpose is “...the promotion of scholarly study, research, publication and other scholarly activity in the field of Africana Studies among students at academic institutions, and among academic professionals in the field of Africana studies.” The campus organization provides a platform and a safe place for students to discuss Pan-African topics through community engagement and group forums. Students actively work toward breaking down social barriers plaguing the Black community, specifically for Black college students.
The National Council for Black Studies was formed in 1975, hot off the heels of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, as an answer to the call for a need “...for a stabilizing force in the discipline of Africana/Black Studies.”
Interested students must be nominated by a NCBS faculty member directly involved with a Black Studies Department and/or have demonstrated a history of teaching Africana-centered courses. Qualified members must hold a 3.5 GPA in Africana Studies and a 3.0 GPA overall. Ankh Maat Wejau offers a Scholar-Activist membership option for students who demonstrate active engagement in Black Studies for 5+ years. Engagement qualifications include:
- Scholarly publications
- Engagement in social/cultural/political organizations
- Demonstrated commitment to empowering the Black community
Ankh Maat Wejau students stand out on graduation day by wearing their organization’s colors: black, red, and green. Oftentimes you’ll see them wearing a custom honors medallion with the imprinted name and symbol.
Our team stands in solidarity with our Black and Brown friends, colleagues, strangers, and graduates while we all fight for a better tomorrow. The Class of 2020 is already faced with monumental hurdles, and continued race inequities should not be one of them. We encourage you to take time to listen, learn, and act.
Please visit The NAACP to learn more.