About Us

ABS Mission

The Association of Black Sociologists is committed to maintaining and cultivating a prophetic tradition of scholarship, mentoring, service, and social justice.

Founded in 1970, the Association of Black Sociologists emerged out of a series of conversations in the Caucus of Black Sociologists about how to best advocate for the interests of Black sociologists and Black people domestically and globally. Since its inception, the organization has supported and cultivated scores of Black social scientists and Black community activists in service of intellectual and social organizing for the betterment of Black folks’ lives at all intersections.

Our Key Objectives

  • Enhance the transmission of sociological knowledge to Black and other historically disenfranchised groups;
  • Provide perspectives for the analysis of the experiences of Blacks and other minority groups as well as knowledge for understanding and resolving the varied problems these groups confront;
  • Stimulate and improve the quality of sociological research, teaching, and service;
  • Promote a substantial increase in the numbers of professionally trained Black/minority sociologists and encourage their active participation in all areas of sociology;
  • Promote the individual and collective interests of Black/minority sociologists; and
  • Protect the professional rights and safeguard the civil rights of Black/minority sociologists against repression that may arise from their epistemological perspectives and/or activities related to the aforementioned objectives.

ABS strives to cultivate a diverse membership
that can be a catalyst for societal transformation
locally, nationally, and globally.

The Association of Black Sociologists is committed to all black people

The Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) respects the human qualities, both similarities and differences, present in society and in our organization. We benefit from involvement by a varied group of individuals with different perspectives, experiences, and talents who embrace our shared organizational objectives.

The ABS Executive Committee and membership encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in our organization, in academia, and in the broader community by demonstrating respect for each other and the contributions that each of us can make.

ABS welcomes and affirms a diverse and inclusive community of academics, students, and community leaders regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, age, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, body size, presence of disabilities, experience, economic status, educational background, educational level, employment history, job level, physical and mental abilities, professional employment, ways of learning and communicating, pregnancy, political affiliation, and other factors.

Join Association of Black Sociologists

Membership has its benefits. The Association of Black Sociologists is comprised of an expansive network of supportive scholars, practitioners, and students with a range of insights into the field. ABS members gain access to formal and informal mentoring networks, horizontal and vertical, and have the opportunity to share their research at the annual conference in a community of people fiercely committed to social scientific scholarship on Black life and liberation. Members also receive registration discounts for the conference; access the ABS newsletter, The Griot; and a subscription to the organization’s journal, Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.

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Professional Development

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By fostering inclusion and equality for all, the Association of Black Sociologists strives to cultivate a heterogeneous membership—across abilities, sexualities, gender identities, sizes, nationality, immigration status, religion—that can be a catalyst for societal transformation locally, nationally, and globally.

The Association of Black Sociologists endeavors to create and maintain an organizational environment free from discrimination where individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Executive Team asks that each member of the Association of Black Sociologists share in the responsibility of fulfilling our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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