Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS)

Important Note: The International Summit on Civil and Human Rights has been postponed. A new date and location will be announced here soon.
The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) supports the internationalization, global learning and diversity mission of Kennesaw State University through scholarly endeavor and community outreach.  
CAADS presents programs, encourages collaborative research, offers services and engages in academic and community activities that foster an understanding of the global experiences of people of African descent in Asia, Europe, the Oceania and the Americas.


CAADS Objectives:

  • To enhance the image and visibility of Kennesaw State University in African and African-America communities.

  • To promote the Kennesaw State University program for internationalization and global learning by organizing workshops, symposia and conferences to achieve the infusion of African and African Diaspora information and materials on the campus and into the curriculum.

  • To support the Kennesaw State University major in African and African Diaspora studies by collaborating with requisite offices to provide services to meet the needs of the growing international student and faculty body with emphasis on those of African descent.

  • To encourage cross-cultural understanding by coordinating campus activities that inform and educate the public about Africa and the areas of the Diaspora through campus and community activities; and to position CAADS as a leading resource on issues affecting the African Diaspora, including the African American and African population.

  • To forge relations with local Consulates, which represent the African Diaspora, and to establish connections with organizations providing services to Diaspora groups including: African, African Caribbean, African Asian immigrant communities and African American entities in the Atlanta area.

  • To address critical issues of our increasingly global and multi-ethnic society by supporting relevant public policy and advocacy.


The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies is a component unit of the Division of Global Affairs.

Ebola Relief Benefit Concert
Featuring Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

March 21, 2015

Tickets $10 (KSU Studentd), $16 (Senior/Military), $20 (All Others)

CAADS is partnering with the International Student Association, College of the Arts, and the School of Music to host an Ebola Relief benefit concert featuring the world-famous Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

The ISA will donate the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders, who will use the funds to provide aid to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, all of which have been hit hard by last year's outbreak of the Ebola Virus.

Learn more about this event and how you can help fight Ebola in West Africa.

Night Blooms
A Staged Reading
Directed by Karen Robinson

Performed by KSU students, alumni, faculty, and local professionals

Event Rescheduled Due to Campus Closure
Date TBD


Set in Selma during the historic voting rights march in 1965, NIGHT BLOOMS looks at how families face social change. Against the backdrop of the racial tensions of the day, Lucille Stafford and her maid Geneva Willis prepare for Lucille’s annual “blooming party” to view her prized night-blooming cereus. An unexpected guest arrives and changes the lives of two families forever, proving that personal relationships across generations and races are often far more complex than politics. Written by KSU Senior Lecturer Margaret Baldwin and first-produced by Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, Night Blooms is the winner of the 2011 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for best new play by an Atlanta playwright. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it “…an absorbing portrait of a crumbling social structure that articulates multiple points of view while capturing the tentative moral footing of those caught somewhere in between.

A perfect companion to the film SELMA!

Night Blooms Poster

CAADS Conference

International Summit on Civil and Human Rights


Fall 2015 (Dates TBA)


Kennesaw State University’s Center for African and African Diaspora Studies invites scholars, artists, activists, and practitioners to participate in a three-day summit in Kennesaw during the fall semester. The summit is designed as a multi-disciplinary platform to remember, reflect, celebrate and interrogate historical and contemporary civil and human rights issues that are both national and transnational. It incorporates discussions in all formats – visual and performance arts, spoken word, fine arts installation, panel and roundtable discussions, and open forum discussions.

Visit the conference page for more information about the event, including how you can submit proposals for potential presentation topics.