Ebenezer D. Bassett Day



Thursday, October 16, 2014

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

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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.

On Thursday, October 16, CCSU will celebrate the inspiring life of Ambassador Bassett. At noon, in the Student Center Circle, celebrate Bassett's 181st Birthday with free birthday cake.

Later, the campus community is invited to a proclamation and reception at 5:30 pm, in the Constitution Room, Memorial Hall. Please RSVP by October 10. For online registration, click here. For phone, 860-832-1639. Look for other events during the day.

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.   www.ccsu.edu/bassett or 860.832.2813