Catherine Gray Beuten
Office of Integrated University Communications
The University of Colorado Denver’s Black Staff and Faculty Affinity Group celebrated the triumphs, examined the injustices and honored the history shared by African Americans across the country. The event was the brainchild of staff member Leslie Taylor, administrative assistant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, the Auraria Campus community, students and guests explored black history with the Black American West Museum, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, brother jeff’s Cultural Center, Five Points Business Association, and Neat Stuff at the Black Market.
Brenda J. Allen, professor and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, welcomed attendees at 9:30 a.m. The day featured exhibitors’ booths and tables, breakout sessions, speakers and trivia games.
More than 100 people were educated throughout the day at the P.E. Event Center on topics such as:
· “Weaving Our History through Cloth-the Art of Quilting,” Mary Lassiter(staff, UCD)
· “My Family Health Portrait-A Public Health Tool to Address Health Disparities,” Ronica Rooks, (faculty, UCD)
· “Hip Hop Violin and Black Classical Music,” Gregory Walker (faculty, UCD)
· “Redefining the Civil Rights Movement,” Jacquelyn Benton (faculty, Metro State College)
· “From This to That -Channeling Our Way through Communication,” TaRhonda Thomas (9News anchor)
Sponsors of the event included UCD’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Student Life, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Chancellor’s Campus Life Committee, Black Student Services and Auraria Campus Recreation.
Photo: Terri Gentry from the Black American West Museum talks with members of a family.