Black History Month and Study Abroad

Black History Month & Studying Abroad 

In celebration of Black History Month, learn about some inspirational individuals who have also studied abroad! This wide array of individuals who have studied abroad and made history goes to show that you too can expand your global perspective and study abroad regardless of your area of study. Learn more below:

W.E.B DuBois 

W.E.B DuBois took on a number of roles during his time. Graduating from Harvard in 1985, he became a sociologist, activist, civil rights activist, and a historian. In addition to studying at Harvard, he studied abroad at the Humboldt University of Berlin Germany and was a co-founder of the National Associate for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (“Famous African-Americans that Studied Abroad”). 

James Lesure 

You may recognize Lesure from NBC’s comedy-drama Las Vegas as Mike Cannon! James attended the University of Southern California to study theater and also studied abroad at the University of Oxford, UK. 


Tia Mowry  

Tia Mowry, one of the twin sisters from Disney Channel’s “Sister-Sister” also studied abroad! While working on her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, she studied in Italy for three months. 


Cory Booker

Cory Booker, a current United States senator of New Jersey who dedicates his time to public service, graduated from Stanford University in 1991 and also studied at the University of Oxford, U.K. 


Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman, who made history as the youngest inaugural poet and also acts as an activist, graduated from Harvard University last year and also completed a program with IES in Madrid, Spain.


Audre Lorde

The poet, Audre Lorde graduated from Columbia University in 1961 during her years in school, she also studied abroad at the National University of México. 


James Meredith 

James Meredith, a civil rights activist, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963 but also studied abroad at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 


Marian Wright Edelman

The founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, graduated from Spelman college in 1960 and studied abroad in two locations throughout Europe. From 1958-1959, she had the opportunity to study at the University of Paris in France and in Geneva, Switzerland. (“@broad”).


Alice Walker

Author of “The Color Purple”, Alice Walker graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York in 1965 and also studied abroad in Uganda as well as Helsinki, Finland. 


Sister Souljah 

Hiphop artist and activist, Sister Souljah born in the Bronx, New York, studied at Rutgers University and graduated with a degree in American History and African Studies in 1985. In addition to Rutgers University, she studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain! 


Katherine Dunham 

Katherine Dunham, born in Chicago, studied at the University of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree in anthropology. While her degree is in anthropology, she also became a dancer and studied in Brazil and the Caribbean.  


The experiences one can get by studying abroad are unique, can shape a person in more ways than one, and can influence future endeavors of an individual. Regardless of race or background, study abroad experiences can vary but ultimately expand anyone’s global perspective and outlook on life. Check out some more resources and black voices below:

Finding rainbows in miraflores

To get a Saints’ view of studying abroad while black, read through Mariah Allen’s, class of 2020 alumna’s, blog “Being Black Abroad: Do You See Yourself” to learn more about her perspective on being abroad in Peru.

In addition to our very own MU alumna representative, read other black students’ experiences abroad as they study around the world: 

Check out Amanda Gorman’s experience abroad with IES, Madrid! 

If you would like to study abroad, schedule a meeting with someone at Marymount Global’s Office for Global Learning by visiting our staff page or visit Marymount Global at Rowley G1005. 

-Judy Ortega

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