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No. 61

William Leo Hansberry

On January 3, 1923, Prof. William Leo Hansberry of the History Department began to offer “not only a distinctive feature at Howard University, but also a new departure in the educational world” – courses focusing on civilizations of ancient Africa.  Three courses comprised Hansberry’s inaugural program:  “Negro Peoples in the Civilizations of the Prehistoric and Ancient World”, “Negro Civilizations in East Central Africa from the Eighth Century B.C. until the End of the Sixteenth Century”, and “Negro Civilizations in West Central Africa from A.D. 1000 to the End of the Nineteenth Century”.