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"At the dawn of the 20th century, when 8.5 million blacks constituted about 12 percent of the population of the United States, according to the distinguished black scholar, William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois, "not a single first‑grade college in America undertook to give any considerable scientific attention to the American Negro." Yet between 1897 and 1903, the Department of Labor ... published nine investigations, of varying length, importance, and point of view, about the condition of blacks in America. Du Bois himself prepared three of these studies. When, in 1906, Du Bois prepared another study for the Commissioner of Labor which he considered his finest sociological work, it was destroyed, willfully, according to its author. The fate of this 10th and last study raises fascinating questions.”
Grossman, Jonathan. Black Studies in the Department of Labor 1897-1907. Monthly Labor Review, vol. 97, no 6, June 1974, pp. 17-27.
The first Black Studies Department was established at San Francisco State in response to a months long student strike.
A Black Studies Program was implemented by UC Berkeley administration on January 13, 1969.
In 1969, the university established the African and African American Studies Department, then called the Department of Afro-American Studies.
In 1969, Washington University began offering courses under the rubric of Black Studies.