You are cordially invited to contribute an article or essay to the National Council for Black Studies Annual Report on the State of Affairs for Africana Communities in 2022 and beyond. The report is scheduled to be released in Spring 2023.
This report aims to include short essays (between 2000 and 2500 words or between 8 and 10 double-spaced pages, including references) on new, emerging, and ongoing current issues and innovations of importance to Africana communities in the U.S. and anywhere in the global African world. Our mission is to create a space for our discipline to offer historical context, future projections, solutions, and culturally grounded analyses of current needs, concerns, innovations, and ideas of people of African ancestry anywhere in the world. We are especially interested in issues related to the meaning of diversity and equity for Black people at this time, emerging technology and Africana agency, the ethics and urgency of reparations, the concept and practice of scholarly activism, intra-community violence, anti-Black male social discourse, and the pathology of American oppression. In addition, we invite you to submit essays on other topics in the areas below.
Area A: General Essays on the African/Black World
This section of the report will include essays on key issues, innovations, challenges, and solutions for communities of people of African descent anywhere in the (international) African world.
Area B: Essays on Community and Engagement
This section of the report will consist of essays highlighting institutions, programs, organizations, and efforts delivering critical services, effective activism, and other means of advancing communities of Africana people.
Area C: Essays on the Current State of the Discipline
This section of the report consists of essays providing clarification, insight, and/or future projections or forethought on the state of the discipline during the calendar year. They should highlight emerging challenges, victories or advancements, upcoming critical issues, and/or potential solutions.
Area D: Voices of Black Youth
This special section of the report consists of essays from Black youth, high school students, discussing emerging issues and concerns. Teachers will be surveyed to identify Black youth who are emerging leaders with ideas about issues of critical relevance to Black communities. Teachers are invited to mentor students and support them in this process.
The deadline for complete papers is November 1, 2022. Please send enquiries and submissions to the National Council of Black Studies at the following email address: email@example.com
Decisions on publication will be made by March 1, 2023.
The editors of the report are Dr. Valerie Grim, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Dr. Serie McDougal, III, Dr. James Stewart, and Dr. Michael Tillotson.
Manuscripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Each submission should contain the following:
- Title page
- Manuscript text
Title page: The title page should be submitted in Microsoft Word. It should include the manuscript’s title and the authors’ names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses. Indicate whether the article is being submitted for category A, B, C, or D: Category A articles focus on critical emerging or ongoing issues facing communities of people of African descent anywhere in the world. Category B articles focus on community engagement and highlight or analyze institutions, programs, organizations, and efforts delivering critical services, activism, and other means of advancing communities of Africana people. Category C articles provide clarification, insight, and forethought on the state of the discipline of Black studies during the current or previous calendar year. They should highlight emerging challenges, victories or advances, upcoming critical issues, or potential solutions. Area D is a section that is reserved for Black high school scholars to discuss important issues of critical relevance to young people of African ancestry.
Manuscript text: The manuscript must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words and in MS Word format. Manuscripts must be formatted in American Psychological Association (APA) style. To be approved, no matter the category, the manuscript must include an analysis of an emerging or current issue of importance to people of African descent anywhere in the world. In particular, we are looking for issues of critical importance from the previous year up to the present moment. They may also include issues of ongoing importance. Articles may also be future oriented, anticipating needs and challenges to people of African descent. Analyses must focus on communities of people of African descent, be culturally relevant to them, and be solution oriented.
National Council For Black Studies
Post Office Box 14359
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250