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November 01, 2014

Our Mission



The mission of the African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) is to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in the State of Connecticut.

The AAAC accomplishes these goals through information sharing, promoting cultural awareness, community networking, and legislation. [more]

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Upcoming Events
November 5, 2014
AAAC Monthly Commission Meeting
Public is invited to attend
More Info
November 7, 2014
50th Equal Opportunity Day Dinner & Celebration
Empowering Communities, Changing Lives
More Info
November 9-15, 2014
National Celebration Honoring
the Life and Accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker
More Info

Eastern Connecticut State University students, faculty and staff, area residents and public officials packed the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room on Oct. 1, when Eastern hosted the monthly meeting of the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC).

President Elsa Núñez greeted the commissioners. AAAC Executive Director Glen Cassis and Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury, who is a Commission member, presented the audience with an overview of the commission, describing its origin, statute, mission, legislative priorities, accomplishments, statistical data and issues of interest.

 

The audience asked questions about education, criminal justice, health, affordability of higher education, racial profiling and President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative. Fred Pierre-Louis, the commission's chairman and Subira Gordon, the commission's legislative analyst, shared information on resources for students to use to gain access to higher education and ways to help pay for it.

AAAC Commissioners
ECSU Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury and Derrick McBride

Posted in ECSU News Flash 


     AAAC Commissioners Derrick McBride and
ECSU Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury
Interview with WILI - 1400AM Radio -To listen, click here.



Derrick McBride and Dr. Dennis Canterbury


Premier Showing of the Veterans of Color

The State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission hosted the Premier Showing of the documentary "Veterans of Color".  The premiere was held on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at the Hartford Public Library.  More than 75 people attended the event and the response from the audience was extremely positive.

The documentary is based on interviews with African-American men and women who served in America's Military. These men and women stormed the beaches of Normandy, flew as Tuskegee Airmen, and experienced the pain and chaos of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The film captures personal accounts that help all Americans understand the challenges faced by African-American veterans during their lifetimes.

The film challenges perceptions and labels historically given to people of color by highlighting their struggles and triumphs. The Commission's goals were to enlighten the public of the many contributions of African-American male and female veterans whose stories might otherwise be lost in history. The Commission also wants to raise awareness among veterans and the community of the service related issues that affect veterans of color that need to be addressed.  

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal addressed the audience. Mr. Connie Nappier, a World War II Veteran and Tuskegee Airman and Sam Beamon, a Viet Nam Veteran shared their personal stories with those in attendance. The film will be shown throughout the state on dates to be announced.

 

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and WW II Veteran Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier

To View more photos from the Veterans of Color Event click here...


  

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