Griot: A central figure in many West African cultures. Historically, the griot held many functions, including community historian, cultural critic, indigenous artist and collective spokesperson.

The Griot Institute for Africana Studies provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

Spring Lecture & Performance Series

Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility

Centering Percival Everett's novel Erasure as a focal point, the Griot's spring lecture and performance series will engage with the eviscerating phenomenon of erasure from multiple disciplinary, artistic and intellectual perspectives.

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MLK Remembrance

Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, April 4 Noon at the Brawley/King Bust, Vaughn Literature Garden, Humanities Quad

The Griot is partnering with other University organizations to sponsor an MLK Remembrance and Moment of Silence to note the 50th year since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Cover image for Griot bookletIn addition to exploring our website, you can also download our "about" booklet which details our mission, staff, objectives, ongoing programs, bi-annual conferences, related programs, and more.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.
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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

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