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April 20, 2014




African-American Affairs Commission hires new Legislative Analyst

The African-American Affairs Commission is pleased to announce that Subira Gordon will be joining the AAAC as the Commission's new Legislative Analyst. Subira comes to our department with a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be an asset to our Commission. She will begin her new role on November 15th and can be reached at 860-240-8555, 240-0251 or by email: Please join us as we welcome Subira to the African-American Affairs Commission.

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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   


For fourteen years the AAAC has recognized outstanding Connecticut African-American men, women, business and economic development leaders, lifetime achievers and high school students.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Stanley F. Battle

Woman of the Year
Constance J. Coles

Man of the Year
Foday Dumbuya

Youth of the Year
Dionne C. Parker

Youth of the Year
Khalil Harris-Abrams

Lifetime Achievement
George A. Coleman

Business & Economic Development
KJB Associates, LLC.
Karen J. Bellamy

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


Bells rang to answer a call from one of the most important civil rights speeches in history to "Let Freedom Ring." People at more than 300 sites in nearly every state rang bells to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s August 28, 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.

State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Executive Director, Glenn Cassis shares information.
Click the link below to view video interview...

Slave Given Proper Burial 215 Years Later


More than 200 years after his death, a man who lived as a slave in Connecticut was given a proper burial. Mr. Fortune died in 1798. His remains were preserved and studied, then donated to a Waterbury museum.

Mr. Fortune laid in repose in the state Capitol rotunda before a full funeral and burial in his native Waterbury. Mr. Fortune was laid to rest among those who, in life, did not acknowledge him as a man or a human being. (Continue) here.





In celebration of Black History Month, the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission held its annual art exhibit. The featured artist was Rory D.L. Moorer. A Connecticut native & internationally known artist, Mr. Moorer is a professional Award-winning Illustrator / Graphic Artist who turned to painting in 2000.

He has created over 100 original paintings and murals for commissions and multiple public and private organizations. Over the past decade many of Mr. Moorer's original paintings have been featured in national magazines and online news media. He has participated in dozens of juried and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He is currently represented by multiple galleries throughout North America. His style has been described by one critic as multi-faceted, a mixture of seriousness and offbeat humor that is also expressive in the study of movement and human emotions.

Mr. Moorer has donated original works to raise money for various institutions and charitable causes. He is the former owner of the Gallore Art Gallery in Middletown, CT.




The African-American Affairs Commission, the Amistad Committee, State of Connecticut Freedom Trail Committee and the Office of the Secretary of State commemorated the150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the State Capitol on New Year's Day. The program included performances by the Mass Choir under the direction of Minister Wayne Dixon, the Sankofa Kuumba Drum Ensemble, Invocation by Pastor Kenric Prescott, a keynote address by State Senator Toni Harp, remarks by Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman and poems written by Connecticut students: Kaitlyn Bell - Harwinton Consolidated School, Chloe Thompson - Brown Middle School - Madison, Lauren Fadiman - Shelton Intermediate School and Kassidi Jones - Loomis Chaffee School. Glenn Cassis, Executive Director of the African-American Affairs Commission led the litany responsive reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. The event concluded with Aniya Cassis (granddaughter) ringing of the replica of the Liberty Bell in the Capitol's South Lobby.



President Barack Obama handily defeated Governor Mitt Romney and won himself a second term. In a sweeping victory speech, President Obama thanked every American who voted, and vowed to work with leaders from both parties to tackle the country's challenges.


     State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission's

13th Annual Classic Awards Gala

   2012 Honorees

Dr. Michael Sharpe, Mrs. Ruth Brooks, Danielle Thorne,
Genice Nelson, Jameik Heron and Herman Todd

AAAC presented the following awards:

(Click below to view photos and bios)

Youth of the Year - Danielle Thorne

  Youth of the Year - Jameik Heron

 Woman of the Year - Genice T. Nelson

Man of the Year - Dr. Michael M. Sharpe

  Lifetime Achievement - Alton F. Brooks

Business & Economic Development - The Living Word Imprints - Herman Todd


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