The University of Kentucky has merged its Africana studies and African-American studies programs into one academic unit. The new African American and Africana studies minor degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences will be directed by Frank X. Walker, a professor of English at the university.
Walker, a poet and creative writing professor with a master of fine arts degree from Spaulding University, hopes to make the new program more focused on international study and community presence. He aims to have the program offer an undergraduate major. He hopes to hire nine new faculty members.