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November 22, 2014


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

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On May 16th the African-American Affairs Commission hosted its Annual Classic Awards at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. Connecticut residents who have made significant contributions to the state were honored. Scholarships were also awarded to high school students.

Key Note Speaker
Adrienne W. Cochrane
The Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc.

Woman of the Year
Maggie Gardner

Man of the Year
George Mintz

Youth of the Year
Tianna Adanielle Edwards
Shyheim Snead

Lifetime Achievement
Dr. John C. Norman

Business & Economic Development
Gardner's House Inc.


Governor's Bill No. 5050

Raised Bill No. 55

Raised S.B. No. 126

Raised S.B. No. 153

Raised S.B. No. 366

H.B. No 5078 and HB No. 5331


  Trinity College Names African-American Woman As President

Joanne Berger-Sweeney

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Reception for Ghanaian Educators at the State Capitol

Leading educators from Ghana visited Connecticut to learn best practices in secondary education that can be operationalized in Ghana. The AAAC hosted the reception.
The public and community leaders attended the event.

Reception Photos   



AAAC 2012 Classic Awards

COMCAST NEWSMAKER PROGRAM The African-American Affairs Commission has been working to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in Connecticut. Executive Director, Glenn Cassis, joins Newsmakers.

In May the Executive Director participated in the taping of the Comcast Newsmaker Program. The video segment ran on CNN Headline News. You can view the program by clicking on the link below.

Comcast Newsmaker Program


Nigerian National Assembly Service Commission, (NASC)
visits the State of Connecticut

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African-American Affairs Commission Connecticut  General Assembly
State Capitol 210 Capitol Avenue, Room 509 Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 240-8555 Fax: (860) 240-8444