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September 17, 2014
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]
Raise the Caliber Sculpture Unveiled in Bushnell Park
A 2,000-pound sculpture, which depicts two hands shaking, was designed by artist Michael Kalish in conjunction with the Raise the Caliber Foundation. The organization, a national advocacy group committed to ending gun violence, runs a voluntary gun buyback programs in Newark, N.J. and is active in the movement to help end gun violence. Hartford is the sculpture's first stop on a multi-city tour. Raise the Caliber Sculpture Unveiled in Bushnell Park - CT ...
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
Teacher's Residence Assistance Program
Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers low interest, fixed rate mortgage loans for eligible Connecticut certified public school teachers. Homes must be purchased in a designated priority or transitional school district. Applicants who are certified to teach and are teaching in a state-identified subject matter shortage area can purchase a home anywhere in Connecticut. Click here for details..