Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony and celebration of the African and African-American Studies Department 50th anniversary, May 14

You are invited to the Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony & African and African-American Studies 50th Anniversary Gala on May 14.  The reception starts at 6:30 pm, with dinner and awards ceremony at 7:00 pm.  RSVP by May 6:

The dress code for this event is formal attire.  RSVP is required to attend this event.

Our honorees:

Alumni Award – Adam Pearson

Legacy Award – AFAS

Faculty Award – Ron Himes

Staff Award – Leah Merrifield

You are also invited to an exhibition viewing of “Highlights of 50 Years of Black Study & Activism” on May 14 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Kagan Grand Staircase Lobby in Olin Library. Sonya Rooney, University Archivist, and Rudolph Clay, Head of Library Diversity Initiatives and Outreach & Subject Librarian for African and African American Studies and Urban Studies Librarian, will be available to chat.  The exhibit explores student activism, the history of Black students on campus, the work of Black faculty and staff, and university policies and collaborations that have shaped the Black Studies program over the last fifty years into the African and African-American Studies Department and features items from University Archives. It does not represent a comprehensive history, yet it is part of a living archive that is receptive to new information, documents, or photos from the Washington University community.  To share memories, photographs, and documents with University Archives, please contact Sonya Rooney, 

There will also be a Black Artists’ Exhibition & Conversation with Yvonne Osei and Basil Kincaid on May 14 from 2:00-4:00 pm at McMillan Cafe.


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