Fulfilling a Promise

The Center for Anti-Racism was envisioned in 2020 as a response to the murder of George Floyd and the national calls for social justice and racial equity.

In September of 2021, Temple announced it would invest more than $1 million in anti-racism education and programming, part of which was used to open the center as well as expand the university’s Department of Africology and African American Studies and develop a bridge program for young people in North Philadelphia.

Leading the Charge

Molefi Kete Asante, renowned professor, prolific author, and former chair of the Department of Africology and African American Studies, worked with colleagues to create the center. In October of 2021, Timothy Welbeck, attorney, professor, scholar and hip-hop artist, was chosen to direct the center based on his extensive professional experience of advocating for the rights of marginalized people. The center aims to 

  • produce unique scholarship that shapes public discourse,
  • educate the Temple and surrounding communities about all forms of racism, and
  • creatively and collectively work on solutions to mitigate the harm caused by racism and white supremacy. 

The center’s vision includes being an ally to other marginalized groups and fighting antisemitism, the anti-LGBTQ faction and attacks on Black women specifically. 

In August of 2022, the Center for Anti-Racism moved from the College of Liberal Arts to Temple’s office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) to leverage the natural affinity between the two university units. Here, the center’s work can benefit from greater visibility while helping to support the office’s commitment to diversity.

A Grand Opening

On Nov. 14, 2022, the Center for Anti-Racism celebrated its opening with more than 200 community members, elected officials, faculty and staff. Watch the video.