Uumbaji Gallery

Department of Pan-African Studies

Black Student Movements The Uumbaji Gallery in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University announces its current exhibit, Black Campus Movements: Orangeburg, Kent, and Jackson State 1968 -1970.  This exhibit tells a powerful story of the unsung heroes, the perils of protest, emotional highs and lows, and the lessons that faced a nation in need of...

(Dis)Mantle by Amber N. Ford “A mantle is designed to cover, enfold, or envelop. Stereotypes, caricatures, and misinformation are mantles that have historically obscured and dehumanized the Black body. Through expanded photography Amber N. Ford deconstructs these binds by reassessing definitions of Black as a color, a construct, and a lived reality.” The Uumbaji Art...

A student walkout in 1968 contributed to the launch of Black United Students (BUS), which is commemorating 50 years at Kent State. (Photo from the collection of E. Timothy Moore) Set against the backdrop of five decades of dynamic social change, the powerful “BUS at 50 Reloaded” photography exhibit in Ritchie Hall’s Uumbaji Gallery highlights the impact and influence of the Black United Students (BUS) organization at Kent State University since its founding in 1968. The show runs through Nov. 14.  Curated by...