In 1853, the New Britain Normal School, the founding institution for CCSU, graduated its first African American student, Ebenezer D. Bassett. He would go on to become a noted educator, an influential activist in the anti-slavery movement, and this nation's first African American diplomat as the Minister Resident to Haiti. The University first celebrated Bassett and his historic achievements with presentations and proclamations. This year, the University will offer two occasions to celebrate one of its most distinguished alumni.
This commemoration has been organized by a committee comprising members of the Art, Anthropology and History departments, the office of Student Wellness Services, Center for Africana Studies, and Burritt Library. It is sponsored by: Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Man Enough Support Initiative, Center for Africana Studies, Office of Institutional Advancement, CCSU Alumni Association, and CCSU Foundation, Inc.