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The most important gift that I received from the department was my confidence to speak about issues that pertain to my own community as they relate to culture and current events, the experience of deep diving into Africana theory, and the tools to recognize/do good research.
My degree helps my work stay centered in the diaspora. I have to write and edit work about a lot of different topics, but there is always a way for me to tie it back to the issues that are most important to me, like social justice in the United States and the lifestyles of Black people all over the world.
I would tell the world that our department is one of a kind due to it's unique location in a historically-Black American city and the wide range of opinions and experiences that the staff and professors bring. Going through the MA African American Studies program at Georgia State resulted in meaningful learning experience with Atlanta as a backdrop, and that was an invaluable time for me to learn, grow, and explore.