Nannie Helen Burroughs holding a banner reading, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention" between 1905 and 1915. Along with other brilliant black women of her day, Burroughs was a gifted educator and activist.

Research Initiatives

The vitality of the Center for RECAAL’s research initiatives will be tied to its role in assisting the university in living out the motto, Pro Humanitate. What black bodies experience will be our primary concern, both in the metaphorical-social and material-physical senses. Our determination is to research—by considering, examining, interpreting, theorizing, performing, and creating—the varieties of human expression and action among black communities. Through research-based work, RECAAL will promote collaborative interdisciplinary activities. These opportunities will be available to our internal and external community partners.

The Center for RECAAL promotes interdisciplinary engagement that fosters collaborative relationships across Wake Forest’s campus. The Center encourages our faculty’s collaborative intellectual energy in African American experiences by providing sustained support for research, scholarship and discourse. The Center’s focus on research collaboration aligns with national trends in the humanities and social sciences that are increasingly embracing interdisciplinary engagement.