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NEW CORNELL BUILDING ADDS TO AFRICANA STUDIES

Cornell University dedicated a new building Friday to help observe the 35th anniversary of its Africana Studies and Research Center, beginning a new era of education even as other black study programs across the country wane.

Africana studies give students "a different angle of vision" on American history and "help students reach a complete understanding about their country's past," said Robert Harris, a professor of Africana studies and vice provost for diversity and faculty development

The Ivy League school Friday formally dedicated a new 5,500-square-foot building, expanding the Africana center. As part of the day, the center hosted a daylong conference observing the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education.