Afro-American Society 50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary of the Afro-American Society (AAS) at Canisius College, 2017-2018

The following list of events is perhaps wide-ranging, but the ALANA Student Center believes a number of people will find it helpful in some form or fashion regarding AAS’ 50th Anniversary. We hope the email encourages some campus members to try to avoid planning a major event on a day and time of a 50th campus celebration and inspires others to support the work of the 50th anniversary committee and the AAS student organization. Perhaps the info could serve useful to out-of-town alums who will attend 50th anniversary events, to know that there are non-committee and non-Canisius events that are fitting to attend as well. Although not all-inclusive, the list of special occasions is proving helpful to the ALANA Student Center by keeping staff informed.

Calendar of Events:

Fall 2017

Sept 15 (occurred)
Afro-American Society/BBQ (Bart Mitchell Quad, 4 PM) Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390

Sept 17 (unveiling ceremony occurred)
The Freedom Wall (now on permanent display at the corner of Michigan Avenue between East Ferry and Main Streets). Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 2017

Additional info: https://www.albrightknox.org/community/ak-public-art/freedom-wall-working-title

Sept 28 (occurred)
Canisius College Honors Lecture, “From Motown to Hip-Hop: The Evolution of African American Music” with Prof. Claudrena Harold of the University of Virginia. Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Winter Student Center, 7 PM.
Contact Prof. Bruce Dierenfield of the history department, dierenfb@canisius.edu, 716-888-2683
Additional info regarding Prof. Claudrena:  Additional Lecture UVA Twitter

Oct 14 (occurred)
Afro-American Society/Lock-In (Regis/Student Center, time—7:30 PM) Note: Lock-In reserved for students only.
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390

Oct 19 (occured)
“New Racial Literacy for Educational Equity” featuring national African American educator Dr. Jabari Mahiri, Montante Cultural Center, 7 PM
Moderator: Sandy E. White ’77, President, Mustard Seed World Consulting Group 
Contact Alumni Engagement/Advancement Events, Courtney Sullivan, sulli121@canisius.edu, 716-888-2700 
Additional info regarding Dr. Mahiri:  berkeley.edu nuatc.org

October 20 (occured)
Songstress Patti Labelle. Tickets on sale at eventticketscenter.com. Location: Seneca Niagara Events Center in Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Niagara Falls, NY. Showtime, 8 PM.
Additional info:  eventticketscenter.com  or  +1-866-820-4553 

Oct 29 (occured)
Afro-American Society/Poetry and Art Exhibit, Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall, 6 PM
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390

Nov 2 (occured)
Celebrated author Alexis De Veaux. The Future of Freedom: A Community Conversation with the author. Canisius College Montante Cultural Center, 7 PM. Made Possible by the Civil Writes Project by way of Just Buffalo Literary Center with support from Canisius’ English Department. 
Contact Just Buffalo Literary Center, 716-832-5400
Additional info regarding the event: justbuffalo.org

Nov 9 (occured)
Acclaimed author Toni Morrison, Kleinhans Musical Hall, 8 PM, 
(Admission fee). 
Contact Laurie Dean Torrell, Just Buffalo Literary Center @justbaffalo.orgor  716-832-5400
Additional info:  kleinhansbuffalo.org

Nov 17 (occured)
Afro-American Society/Soul Food dinner (Grupp Fireside Lounge/Student Center, time--TBA)
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390

Spring 2018

Jan 18
Professor Christy Hoffman of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, and Program Director of Anthrozoology, makes known that to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of AAS, Dr. J. Drew Lanham will present on campus.

Lanham’s talk will start at 7pm in Montante Cultural Center. A book signing will follow--his autobiography--The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Lanham will focus on the relationship between race and ethnicity and conservation issues.

The following site provides more info about Dr. Lanham: http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/faculty_staff/profiles/lanhamj

Feb—TBA
Canisius’ Academic Talent Search Office will offer a Black History program during this month—TBA
Contact Elizabeth Caffee, Assistant Director, caffeee@canisius.edu, 716-888-3253

Feb 6 
Canisius College’s annual MLK Soup with Substance series, 12noon, Grupp Fireside Lounge, featuring Dr. Henry Louis Taylor of UB's Urban Studies Dept (more info to come--one other presenter might share the stage). Alum Sandy E. White ’77 will serve as moderator (a 45-minute program). Free admission
Contact Therese Bass of the ALANA Student Center, bass1@canisius.edu, 716-888-3231

Feb 17 (to May 27, 2018)
Art/Exhibitions 
A spring 2018 exhibition at the Albright-Knox. “Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.” (From Albright-Knox/web site)
Additional info:  albrightknox.org

Feb 27 
National speaker Roland Martin for AAS’ 50th Anniversary, Montante Cultural Center, 8 PM
Contact Connie Pileri, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Event Services, pileric@canisius.edu, 716-888-3744
Roland Martin interviews a White Lives Matter activist:  Youtube 
Roland Martin on Wendy Williams’ show:  Youtube

March 20
Contemporary Writers Series welcomes author Colson Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Whitehead is author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "The Underground Railroad", a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Contemporary Writers Series, Creative Writing Program and Dept of English. Event to take place in the Montante Cultural Center at 7 PM. (From Canisius’ website)
Contact Dr. Mick Cochrane of Canisius’ English Department, cochrane@canisius.edu, 716-888-2662

April 14
Afro-American Society/Annual Fashion Show, Montante Cultural Center (tentative time, 6 PM) 
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390

April 20
Afro-American Society’s Kente Stole Celebration for Graduating Seniors of Color (starting time –TBA, ending time--by 7 PM, Science Hall/Commons)
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390.

April 20
Songstress Drea D'Nur/Concert in Montante ($35), 7 PM, Montante Cultural Center 
Contact Sharon Kasperczyk of Alumni Engagement, kaspercs@canisius.edu, 716-888-2703
Purchase tickets here: Tickets

April 21
Canisius College Alumni campus tours (time, location—TBA) 
Contact Sharon Kasperczyk of Alumni Engagement, kaspercs@canisius.edu, 716-888-2703

April 21
50th Anniversary Afro-American Society Alumni & Friends Ball ($85 per person), 6:00 PM, Pan American Grill- Courtyard Room
Contact co-advisor of the Afro-American Society, Verna Merriweather of the office of Admissions Processing (merriwev@canisius.edu), 716-888-2390 or Sharon Kasperczyk of Alumni Engagement, kaspercs@canisius.edu, 716-888-2703
Purchase tickets here: Tickets

April 22 
Canisius College Alumni Brunch, ($30 per person), 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Grupp Fireside Lounge
Contact Sharon Kasperczyk of Alumni Engagement, kaspercs@canisius.edu, 716-888-2703
Purchase tickets here: Tickets



Note: The Paul Roberson Theatre, located in the African American Cultural Center (Masten Ave, Buffalo), is celebrating its 50th Season. Check out the 2017-2018 list of plays:  List of Plays!

Contact the African American Center, africancultural350@gmail.com, 716-884-2013


Historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Frances Jackson Nash.

Hours:
Thursdays 11:30 - 4
Saturdays 11:30 - 4
Other days and hours by appointment.
Groups of more than 5 are asked to call 716-856-4490 for a timed appointment.

Contact Sharon Holley, 716-886-1399 or 716-400-2826, jordanholley@aol.com

Additional info: http://www.nashhousemuseum.org/history.html