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Africana Students United of California State University, Fresno (ASU)

The Fresno State Gospel Choir

“Uhuru Na Umoja”: The African-American Voice at Fresno State

Black Students United of California State University, Fresno (BSU)

The Africana Students United is a new student organization started in February, 2003. The organization is recognized by California State University, Fresno and adheres to all regulations as set forth in the Handbook for Student Organizations and Use of Campus Facilities and Grounds.


  • instill academic excellence in all its student members;
  • provide a base for mutual interaction and association of students amongst themselves and the faculty and staff of California State University, Fresno;
  • enhance self-esteem, self-improvement, multiculturalism, and community service responsibility;
  • prepare students for a professionally groomed future with identity as the center of it;
  • portray the images of the African people;
  • promote awareness of socio-economic and political issues of the Africana population;
  • co-operate with other student bodies at CSU, Fresno and outside with a view to promoting mutual, amicable understanding;and
  • to promote and preserve the Africana cultures.


Membership in Africana Studies United (ASU) is open to all enrolled students, faculty and staff of CSU, Fresno. Other students, faculty, staff of other universities and colleges, senior high school students within the Greater Fresno area are allowed specified special membership. Membership shall not be denied to any student of CSU, Fresno on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender, political affiliation, physical disability, sexual orientation or age.

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The Fresno State Gospel Choir

The Fresno State Gospel Choir was formed in the 1970s to introduce performances of a variety of inspirational songs reflecting the African American cultural experience. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members, the choir includes a diverse group of believers from different ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds. Participation is required through rehearsals, activities, programs, and field trips.

Student members of the Gospel Choir earn academic credit by being enrolled in the Minor Ensembles class from the Music Department or the Gospel Choir class offered through the Africana & American Indian Studies Program. In these courses, students receive training not only in performance techniques, but also study the historical development of African-American gospel music. The course involves the technical and stylistic rehearsal and study of musical literature recognized for its quality and aesthetic value. Although some of the students are music majors, the majority of are non-music majors who represent a wide range of academic majors and class levels.

The Fresno State Gospel Choir is directed by Mrs. Pamela Davis-Tate. The Gospel Choir is an excellent recruiting tool for the university with performances at local churches, schools and colleges and participatation in annual university events including the Dr. Martin Luther King Student Conference, African American Student Recruitment Conference, African American Future Teacher Fair, and the African American Graduation Ceremony. Every year, the choir also performs a fall concert in December and a spring concert in May to the university and community audience featuring several gospel composers whose works are deeply-rooted in the African-American tradition.

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“Uhuru Na Umoja”: The African-American Voice at Fresno State

“Uhuru Na Umoja” is the African-American voice at Fresno State. This newspaper, a supplement to the “Daily Collegian,” focuses on matters affecting students and the community.

Started in 1969, the student-run newspaper has been a training ground for future journalists and scholars, while serving the community at the same time.

With an educational and entertainment appeal, we intend to report on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority students and the community at large.

“Uhuru Na Umoja” is a Swahili phrase which translates to “Freedom and Unity” in English. Read The Uhuru; it’s free!

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