Upcoming Events

The Rev. Lemuel Haynes-Rev. Richard A. G. Foster Symposium

Hope and Help - Faith in the American Experiment
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Senior Bishop, African Methodist Epsicopal Zion Church

Introduction of Speaker

Rev. Samuel Blanks, Pastor Spottswood Ame Zion Church

Facilitator and Award Presentations

Dr. Benajamin Foster, Jr.


Ministry of Rev. Jesse Jackson - presented by Rev. Dr. Felton O. Best

Bishop Vashti McKenzie - presented by Dr. Walton Brown Foster

Ministry of Rev. Gardner Taylor - presented by Rev. Maurive Porter, II

Racial Justice and Reconciliation - presented by Cannon Ranjit K. Mathews of Episcopal Church of Connecticut

Join us in Alumni Hall at the Central Student Center, or virtually here.

Sponsored by the Institute for Cross-Cultural Awareness and Transformative Education, Central Religious Studies, African American Studies, and the Center for Africana Studies with support from the Legacy Foundation of Hartford

Dr. Ernest E. Just Symposium - African American Scientists of Note

Special Guest - Ricky Lewis, 1st Grand Vice Basileus, Omega Psi


Dr. Kizzmekia Cobett - Immunologist, Moderna Vaccine Lead Developer

Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney - Neuroscientist, President, Trinity College

Dr. Keith Manning - History of Science, MIT


Dr. Charles Drew- presented by Dr. Martha Brackeen-Harris

Dr. Walter McAfee- presented by Dr. Benjamin Foster, Jr.

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright -presented by Dr. Gloria Brown

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams- presented by Dr. Stacey Close

E. Just Environmental Studies -presented by Dr. Blaine Kopp, Kimball Union

Join us in Alumni Hall at the Central Student Center, or virtually here.

Sponsored by:

Bloomfield Public Schools

Institute for Cross-Cultural Awareness and Transformative Education, Tau Iota Chapter of Omege Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Central African American Studies Program

Phi International Fraternity

Connecticut Born or Nurtured: African American Writers and Journalists of Note

December 7, 2021 from12:00 pm — 4:30 pm
Virtual access and limited on-ground seating, Student Center Alumni Hall

Keynote Address

Ms. Cheryl Hickmon, National First Vice President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Charles "Chuck" Stone
Ann Ptry
Lorenzo Greene
Leslie Payne
Debra Adams Simmon

Welcoming Remarks

State Representative Bobby Gibson

Sponsored by the Institute for Cross-Cultural and Transformative Education, and Central African American Studies Program with Support from Legacy Foundation, Hartford, Inc.

Limited on-ground seating will be available in the Student Center, Alumni Hall.
Virtual Access is available through webex.

Past Events

African American Studies Program Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:15pm
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CT Public Law 19-12 was initiated by efforts from Central faculty and others; first introduced in the Connecticut State Legislature by Representative Bobby Gibson.

Join us in a conversation about the "Efficacy of African American/Black History: Public Policy and Advancing Social Equality" with State Representative Bobby Gibson (D-Bloomfield/Windsor)

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African American Studies Program Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series

Thursday February 25, 2021 at 12:15pm
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Connecticut has been a place of African American excellence. Two individuals who were influential in the progress and development of the nation are US Congressman Adam Clayton Powell and award-winning Journalist/Writer Charles “CHUCK” Stone. Join us for a conversation about these two outstanding and historic individuals who were born or raised here in Connecticut.

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"The Significance of the African-American Church in American History" - Panel discussion

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 • Founders Hall • noon – 2 p.m. Panelists include Dr. Felton O. Best, CSU Professor of Philosophy, director of AFAM Studies; Dr. Walton Brown Foster, professor of Political Science; Dr. Benjamin Foster, adjunct professor of AFAM and Religious Studies; Rev. Samuel Black, pastor, Spotswood A.M.E. Zion Church in New Britain; and Rev. Maurice Porter, pastor, Impact Church in East Hartford. For additional information, contact Dr. Best at (860) 832-2190. Refreshments will be served.

400 Year of the African American Presence in These United States Commemoration Conference Sept. 27, 2019:

There is a national struggle to make school curriculums culturally relevant. We are not surprised children do not know Ebenezer D. Bassett, Harriet Tubman, or Frederick Douglas. It is not doing well on some test that inspires children to learn and teachers to teach. It who we are learning about. Black, Brown, and Immigrant children in the United States do not learn much about their history. White children do not learn much about the contributions of African Americans to the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and technology. Dr. Shelly jones is a fighter in the trenches of that struggle for cultural relevant pedagogy. The fight for justice is not only on our streets, in our courts, but it is in our schools as well. The struggle for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is everyone's fight. This is the link to an exciting 103.5 FM New Haven Teacher Talk radio show recorded October 10, 2019 with Dr. Shelly Jones, professor of mathematics ate Central and author of Women Who Count, and Dr. Lauren Anderson from People Get Ready Books talking about the transformative power of Cultural Pedagogy.

Felton Best
Willard-DiLoreto Hall
Walton Brown-Foster
Political Science
International Studies
Faculty Member
African American Studies
Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Center Executive Board
Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies, Minor
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall