African American Alumni Council
The African American Alumni Council promotes core values of excellence, relationships, learning, diversity, traditions, and advocacy through its ongoing engagement of African American alumni.
Our mission is to support the community of alumni of African descent, to strengthen their connection to the University of Pittsburgh, and to promote the recruitment and retention of African American students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
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Join us on Tuesday, January 15
to honor the 50th anniversary of a historic Pitt event that was the catalyst for lasting progress
The Black Action Society, the Computer Center Takeover, and Transformation
at the University of Pittsburgh
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Where: William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room, with a vigil walk to the Cathedral of Learning and a reception in Alumni Hall
Featuring: First-person accounts of the 1969 event from those who are among the original Black Action Society students and leaders. This is a prelude to the publication of Say It Loud, a collection of oral histories and reflections from this 1968-69 activism at Pitt. A book-launch celebration is slated for Sankofa Homecoming 2019.
Support the AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund
As part of the yearlong “Fifty Years of Pride, Progress and Partnership” celebration, the African American Alumni Council (AAAC) has launched the Golden 50 Scholarship Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise at least $50,000 for the AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund and to present the funds to the University at the 2019 Homecoming Weekend.
By commemorating the historic 1969 computer center takeover sparked by the black student movement of the late 1960s, we acknowledge its role as the catalyst of change that marked the beginning of a new era of Black campus and community life at the University of Pittsburgh.
Celebrate that progress by making a gift that will support Pitt students who continue to be a source of great pride to us all.
SUGGESTED GIVING LEVELS
- Heritage ($25 - $100)
- Pride 100 ($101 - $500)
- Legacy ($501- $999)
- Sankofa ($1,000 and above)
Give online HERE or send a check made payable to the University using the address below.
University of Pittsburgh
Office of Institutional Advancement
C/O Judith Studeny
128 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Please be sure to indicate that your gift should be directed to the AAAC 50th campaign, or to AAAC*.
For those of you who have already made a gift, we thank you!
National Officers (2017-2019)
President: Nicole EW. Parks
1st Vice President (Program) - Helen Bowers
2nd Vice President (Finance) - Vacant
1st Treasurer: Paula Woods
2nd Treasurer: David Lopez
Secretary - Christina Royster
Historian - Latara Jones
Chaplain - Lynette Clark
National Board of Directors
Byron T. Allen
John A. Cheatwood III
Christine L. McClure
Tracy Glenn Floyd - Reappointed
Jared McClain - Reappointed
Nicole E. Walker - Reappointed
AAAC Regional Chapter Affiliates
DC Metro: Dr. Letty Maxwell
Atlanta: Alfonso Washington
Philadelphia: Lanique Robertson
Pittsburgh: Byron Allen
AAAC DC Metro Affiliate Day Party
Thanks to everyone who attended the AAAC DC Metro Affiliate Day Party on Saturday, April 7 at the Ivy City Smokehouse in Washington, D.C. Alumni from the classes of 1968 through 2007 were represented at the event, including a mother and two daughters who showcased Pitt as a family affair.
Attendees wore Pitt gear, networked, and enjoyed scrumptious food, giveaways, and swag bags. Those in attendance also supported Pitt students by generously contributing to the AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund. (Learn more about affinity council scholarships by following this link.)
Also, we are looking forward to our upcoming Jazz in White scholarship fundraising event, which will be held the first week of August. We encourage you to come out and support this wonderful cause—details will be available soon.
Finally, I want to share a special thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible. Please take a moment to enjoy the photos in the photo gallery below.
Hail to Pitt!
Letty W. Maxwell, PhD (SOC WK ’93, EDUC ’95G)
PITT OAFA AND THE AAAC PARTNER HOST ATLANTA AREA RECRUITMENT EVENT
On Sunday, March 25, Pitt’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid (OAFA), in collaboration with the Pitt African American Alumni Council, held an information and recruitment event in Atlanta, Georgia, for prospective students from underrepresented communities living in the Atlanta metro region. Representing OAFA was Vice Provost for Admissions Marc Harding and Director of Undergraduate Admissions Lauren Wallace. Representing the AAAC was Dr. Vaughn Clagette, National President, and local leaders of the AAAC Atlanta Affiliate, Alfonso Washington Jr., Dexter Edmonds, and Michael Boykins along with a number of local Pitt Alumni and AAAC members.
The focus of the event was to highlight the value of an education from the University of Pittsburgh... READ MORE
Photo gallery from the March 25 recruitment event in Atlanta.
Holiday Community Service Project and MLK, Jr. Day of Service
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers from the Pitt AAAC DC Metro Affiliate of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), who participated in several community outreach projects over a variety of dates from December 16, 2017 through January 15, 2018—Martin Luther King Day of Service. A gallery of photos from the events can be found below.
Blue, Black, and Gold: Homecoming 2017 Wrap-Up
Thank you to all alumni who joined us during the 2017 Homecoming celebrations and made this year an amazing success. Members of the African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) spent months planning exciting and engaging events that surpassed expectations in terms of attendance and enthusiasm. Beyond the football game and pregame tailgate, check out some of the ways alumni enjoyed themselves during the 2017 Homecoming weekend below.
We look forward to seeing even more of you active and engaged alumni at next year’s Homecoming festivities!
ANNUAL APPLESEED COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
To kick off the weekend, alumni joined together Friday morning, October 13, to support Pittsburgh Public Schools with the AAAC’s Annual Appleseed Community Service Project, which gives back to the community by planting “seeds” of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish their minds and open new worlds of possibility. Volunteers participated on the elementary and high school levels, assisting in a variety of capacities including reading to students, helping with art and music classes, leading mock interviews, and leading panel discussions and motivational presentations.
YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR NET WORTH NETWORKING EVENT
Hosted by AAAC along with the Black Action Society, National Society of Black Engineers, AOS, and black Greek life, alumni and students connected Friday evening during the Your Network is Your Net Worth Networking Event. Participants mingled on the Cross Cultural floor of the William Pitt Union to create meaningful and impactful relationships across various schools, organizations, majors, and professional backgrounds.
On Friday and Saturday night, alumni kicked their celebrations up a notch with fun-filled throwback parties. Hosted by the Omicron Psi chapter of Omega Psi Phi, alumni gathered at the Room 16 Night Club in the Strip District Friday evening for a night of drinks and dancing. On Saturday, alumni enjoyed the Bring Back the Noise Throwback Party featuring Pittsburgh DJ Blakk Steel and line dancing instruction by Pitt’s own award-winning 410 Line Dancers Instructor, Isha Hutchinson.
AAAC BRUNCH: THE TIES THAT BIND
After a weekend of excitement, alumni enjoyed a relaxing brunch in the beautiful University Club and learned more about the inception and impact of the AAAC, led by keynote speaker Jack Daniel, former vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of students. During the meal, Hon. Shawndya L. Simpson, the first Panamanian-American judge on the New York State Supreme Court, was introduced as a new member of the Pitt Board of Trustees
Distinguished Alumni Reception
Thanks to everyone who attended our Distinguished Alumni Reception. A gallery of photos from the event can be found below.