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New AFRA Advisory Board Will Build Bridges With Communities

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The Department of Black American Studies has invited five members from the Delaware community to serve on their newly formed Advisory Board.  The board was formed to strengthen ties between the University of Delaware, Africana Studies, and the greater Newark-Wilmington-Dover area. Board members will 1) provide important linkage between the African American community and the translational scholarship/research the Department of Black American Studies is engaged in; 2) assist our department in identifying issues/concerns in the community that we can respond to productively either through cultural programming; internships; mentoring; or other agreed upon collaborative means; 3) serve in an advisory capacity to the Chair of the department and the AFRA Executive Committee. Board members will serve a two year term. The 2012-2014 Board Members are:

Kim Graham is Family Services Director, and is active in teaching acting and spoken word at the Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington, DE. She holds a BA degree from University of Delaware in Psychology. Ms. Graham is Co-Director of the Paul Robeson Ensemble and a member of Fruits of the Spirit. Ms. Graham has managed the Arts & Education Professional Training Institute for public school and early childhood educators. In addition, she provides outreach services to youth of promise attending the Delaware Adolescent Program and Kingswood Academy.

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston has been in mini-stry for over 28 years and has been the senior pastor of Mother African Union Church in Wilmington, DE for over 13 years. A native Wilming-tonian, Rev. Dr. Livingston started an African American history museum/gallery in the church building, and has added a number of programs to Mother African Union’s community outreach services including the Kwanzaa Summer Camp, Ujima After-School Program, and the Harambee Rites of Passage Program for Boys. Rev. Dr. Livingston holds a BA degree in Journalism, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University.

Dr. James E. Newton is Emeritus Professor of Black American Studies, and served as the director of BAMS for over two decades. Dr. Newton retired from his full-time faculty position in 2005 after a 33-year career at UD. Besides his teaching and directing duties, Dr. Newton acted as chair of the Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity and served as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Delaware State Advisory Committee. He also has a commitment to community service that included membership on the boards of the Walnut Street YMCA, Delaware State Arts Council, Delaware Art Museum, Tatnall School, YMCA of Delaware and Public Allies. 

Dr. Jeanne Nutter is a professor at Bloomfield College and an oral historian who has produced five documentary films on African Americans in Delaware including an hour long documentary film with Hagley Museum and Library entitled A Separate Place: The Schools P.S. duPont Built. She is currently the State President of AARP Delaware and serves on the Board of Overseers for the Delaware College of Art and Design, the board of the Delaware Art Alliance, and the board of Trustees of Color. She has also served on the boards of the Oral History Association of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Preservation Delaware and  Christina Cultural Arts Center . Dr. Nutter was a member of the 1991 class of Leadership America, was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women and received the Civil Rights and Humanitarian Award from the Delaware Education Association. 

AliShah (Jones) Watson, a Wilmington, Delaware native, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in Black American Studies and English, with a concentration in Ethnic and Cultural Studies. Currently, Mrs. Watson works with the youth supplemental education company, Educate to Innovate, where she helps to develop multicultural reading materials for children. She also works as an event planner and cultural consultant for Culture Restoration Project, a company she started with her husband in 2011. As an event planner, Mrs. Watson coordinates cultural community events in the City of Wilmington. 

We thank each of these individuals for their service to AFRA and the Delaware community at large.

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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
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