UT established the Afro-American Studies and Research Center in 1969, five years after hiring Dr. Ervin S. Perry, its first black faculty member. These events were part of a changing tide launched the previous year, when the first Black Studies program in the U.S. was founded at San Francisco State University. The conference, organized around the theme Black Studies @ 50: 1968/1969, seeks to explore this legacy from the late 1960s, when students challenged colleges and universities to diversify their curricula and communities, to the present day, as Black Studies scholars continue studying the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world and connecting these academic endeavors to their local, national, and global communities. The conference will be hosted by the Warfield Center, the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, and the Art Galleries at Black Studies.