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Keith A Mayes

Keith A Mayes

African American & African Studies 827 Soc Sci 267 19th Ave S


Keith Mayes is an expert on African American history, primarily of 1960s to present. He has special expertise on social and political movements and current issues of race and perception. He is available for media interview on the topics of: • Race in the news • Race and perception • Black Men • Civil Rights commemorations • Civil Rights policies • Black Power Movement (leaders and organizations, ie. Stokely Carmichael; Black Panther Party) • Black History Month • Kwanzaa and other Black holidays • Social and racial justice, policy outcomes of the movements Professor Mayes can be reached at (612) 723-9079.


  • African-American History, 19th and 20th century
  • Kwanzaa and Black holidays
  • Civil Rights and Black Power Movement
  • Black History and Educational Policy
  • African American Public History

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2002.


  • Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African American Holiday Tradition. Mayes, Keith, Routledge, Author, 2009.

Courses Taught

  • Afro 3866: The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement
  • Afro/Hist. 3864: African American History, 1619-1865
  • Afro/Hist 3865: African American History, 1865 to the Present
  • Afro 3426: Deconstructing the Welfare State: African Americans and Social Policy
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