The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a center within the University’s Academic Affairs Division, we have a central role in supporting the University’s academic mission. We have a commitment to broaden the range of intellectual discourse about African-Americans and to encourage better understanding of peoples of the African diaspora and their perspectives on important social and cultural issues.

Since its inception in 1988, the Center has focused its efforts on the interdisciplinary examination of African diaspora arts, cultures, literatures and histories. The Center’s current focus is on integrating cultural development with community development, and on building ties to communities and institutions in the African diaspora in the Americas. The Center’s Mission is:

To encourage and support the critical examination of all dimensions of African-American, African and African diaspora cultures through sustained and open discussion, dialogue and debate, and to enhance the intellectual and socio-cultural climate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in communities beyond the campus boundaries.

The Stone Center works with numerous departments and units of the University to help promote interdisciplinary inquiry, as well as focused examinations from various interdisciplinary and disciplinary perspectives.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History:

Is a Center for culture, research, outreach and service;

Questions what it means to be of African descent in the Americas and how Black identities, cultures and histories in the diaspora are constructed; and

Critically examines the role that culture and identity play in social change and community development.