NCBS was established in 1975 by African American scholars who recognized the need to formalize the study of the African World experience, as well as expand and strengthen academic units and community programs devoted to this endeavor. NCBS was formed in 1975 out of the substantial need for a national stabilizing force in the developing discipline of Africana/Black Studies. Since the late 1960's, American education has been profoundly affected by the emergence of Africana/Black Studies. Its impact on the broader educational establishment is due to the holistic and multidisciplinary approach taken by Africana Studies has become the intellectual extension of that movement. The National Council for Black Studies is committed to academic excellence and social responsibility.
NCBS exists to promote academic excellence and social responsibility in the discipline of Africana/Black Studies through the production and dissemination of knowledge, professional development and training, and advocacy for social change and social justice.