Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center


    Black History Month Calendar

    Monday, February 1, 2016
    Black History Month Flag Raising, 11:45 AM, Hepburn Front Lawn
    “Singing the Nation Into Being: Anthems and the Politics of Black Female Performance”, Gothic Lounge (Hepburn Hall 202),  12:00 PM

    Tuesday, February 2
    Shango Meeting, 2:00 PM, GSU Rm. 217
    The Afro LatinX Experience, 4:00 PM

    Wednesday, February 3
    Opening Photo Reception Honoring African American Women, 12:00 PM, GSU Art Gallery
    Opening Art Reception: Fictive Kinship by Kimberly Mayhorn, 5:00-8:00 PM, The Visual Arts Gallery

    Thursday, February 4
    Bob Marley Bash, 7:00-9:00 PM, GSU MPR-C

    Tuesday, February 9
    SGO Spoken Word Showcase w/ Lady Caress, 6:00 PM, GSU Lobby

    Wednesday, February 10
    Lobby Concert Series featuring the Marxman , 12:30 -1:30 PM, GSU Lobby
    Sounding Board Salon, 5:00-7:00 PM, GSU Rm. 218

    Tuesday, February 16

    Clash on the Canvas Black History Edition, 1:00 PM, GSU Lobby

    Wednesday, February 17
    Inside the Faculty Studio w/ Sonya Donaldson, 2:45-3:30 PM, NJCU Bookstore

    Wednesday, February 23
    Shango Meeting, 2:00 PM, GSU Rm. 217
    The Big African Soiree, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM, MPR-B
    Co Sponsored by: The Office of Campus Life, Art Department, NJCU Bookstore, Student Government Organization, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated.


    haganDr. Lee Frank Hagan was a committed scholar activist who was devoted to the teaching and research of African and African-American History. He served New Jersey City University (Jersey City State College at that time) for 17 years as a professor of History, coordinator for the African/Afro-American Studies Program, founding member of the Black Administrators, Alumni, Faculty, Student and Staff Organization (BAAFSSO), and advisor to several student organizations.

    Dr. Hagan's dedication inspired many to pursue a higher education that would include an Afrocentric awareness and a commitment to perform meaningful community service. He was an advocate for student empowerment. He was also a positive role model who was often called by student leaders for counsel on matters pertaining to campus life, community events and international affairs. His numerous organizational affiliations and commitment to academic excellence magnifies the zealousness he frequently displayed when accepting and completing responsibilities entrusted to his care.

    He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in History from Seton Hall University in 1967 and 1969, and his doctorate in education from Rutgers University in 1983.

    Dr. Lee F. Hagan died on September 6, 1986.

    "Lee Hagan was a principled man. His dedication to bettering the conditions of his people tolerated no compromise or distinction."  


    The mission of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center is to promote academic excellence and social responsibility among faculty, students and surrounding community about issues necessary to the empowerment of peoples across the African Diaspora. This is accomplished by presenting challenging and stimulating workshops, speakers, research, conferences; seminars, exhibitions and performances that help develop and support cultural, political, educational, and economic growth for the community.

    Students, college faculty, public school teachers, church groups, community groups, and interested individuals are welcome to visit and learn of the resources that the Center has to offer on the Africana experience.