University of Pittsburgh
October 5 - 7, 2018
Blue, Gold, and Black – Campus Activism Down Through the Ages

The AAAC’s 2018 Sankofa Homecoming weekend begins a year-long celebration, “Fifty Years of Pride, Progress, and Partnership” spanning 2018-19. During Homecoming 2018, the AAAC will celebrate the founding of the Black Action Society (BAS) in 1968, as well as the IMPACT Engineering Program (now the Pitt EXCEL program); the former University Community Education Project (UCEP); Project A; and other programs that proved vital in advancing progress over the past 50 years for African Americans on campus and beyond. 

Recognizing the significance of campus activism in the late 60’s, Homecoming 2019 will focus on the 1969 Computer Center takeover and other significant events that launched a new era of African American campus and community life at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information about Pitt's Homecoming 2018 celebration, go to


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SANKOFA Homecoming Registration - Registration for the SANKOFA Homecoming events will take place on Friday, October 5 from noon - 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. – noon at the William Pitt Union (WPU), near the Jazz Hall of Fame Gallery. For more information, please contact Marlene Mahoney at or Tina Randall at

To register for Sankofa Homecoming 2018 and to make hotel accommodations, follow this link.

Friday, October 5

AAAC 13th Annual Apple Seed Community Service Project with Pittsburgh Public Schools

8 a.m. – Noon

Various local school sites

Giving to others is a basic, spiritual principle that enriches one’s life. The Apple Seed Community Service Project is designed around the need to provide an opportunity for the University of Pittsburgh family to give back to the community by establishing an educational partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. By promoting reading and writing skills, and reinforcing the values of a strong education, Apple Seed volunteers will plant the seeds of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish the mind and to open a new world of possibilities through books, presentations, and discussions.

Volunteers of the Apple Seed Project may participate in the program in one of two ways:

Elementary School Levels
• read to students and encourage them to write or discuss the book
• art, music, or computer lab activity
• assist an instructor in the classroom

Middle & Secondary Levels
• share career and educational options
• panel discussions
• mock interviews
• motivational presentations/discussions

Participating in the Apple Seed project can be personally rewarding. In exchange for sharing their time and talents with students, Apple Seed volunteers will be enriched by the experience and will gain a greater appreciation for the educational needs of students. They will feel personal satisfaction from giving back to the community and sharing a small piece of self that will be personally gratifying and inspirational to the students with whom they interact. The Apple Seed Project aims to make a difference by touching the lives of students in a small, yet, significant way.

Contact: Valerie Njie at


Hallowed Grounds Walking Tours

Noon – 4 p.m. | Tours begin every hour

Meet at Alumni Hall

Take a walking tour of key African American historical locations and points of history located on campus including the African Heritage Room.


Black Action Society History Display

Noon – 6 p.m. | Tours begin every hour

Jazz Hall of Fame Gallery
William Pitt Union

Enjoy a display of Black Action Society documents and various memorabilia held by individuals and the University.

Contact: Latara Jones at; Byron Allen at


Hillman Library Debut of the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Collection

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Hillman Library

Pitt alumna and world-renowned author, Dr. Bebe Moore Campbell, whose campus activism underlined her writings, made a powerful impact in the literary world. Her poignant, passionate, and often riveting writings in her books, plays, and articles are as powerful today as they were yesterday. The Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial collection honors this author’s achievements and accomplishments, and will be debuted this Homecoming by the Archives and Special Collections within Hillman Library.

Contact: Ed Galloway at; Linda Wharton Boyd at


Panel Discussion: The Black Action Society (BAS): Its Relevancy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

3 – 4:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union

Given the rich history of the Black Action Society since its founding 50 years ago, the question remains, is it still relevant today? During this discussion, panelists will present a historical context of the BAS's founding, its journey in the intervening years, and its prognosis for the future.

Contact: Nicole Walker Parks at; Latara Jones at; Byron Allen at


Student/Alumni Meet Up, Networking, and Reception

5 – 6:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union

Alumni and students will create, build, and solidify relationships while exchanging Pitt life experiences. Alumni from the various schools and organizations (including BAS, AOS, NSBE, SOGC, and Black Greeks) and students from the Bradford campus are welcome to attend.

Contact: Marcus Jordan at; Michelle Abena Nkumsah at; Fareedah Fawzi Haroun at


National Society of Black Engineers Student/Alumni Mixer

5 – 8 p.m. 

Soldiers & Sailors

The Pitt chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Pitt EXCEL Program invite engineering alumni to join us for our annual Student/Alumni Mixer. Come interact with us, network, and help us carry out our mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Contact: Alaine Allen at


Film Screening: Blue Gold and Black: From Doorway to Distinction

8:30 – 10 p.m.

Alumni Hall, Room 120 

“Blue Gold & Black: From Doorway to Distinction” is a documentary that was produced by Pitt’s Office of Public Affairs (today University Communications) in 2009. The film tells the story of the 180-year experience of Black men and women at Pitt. Through their persistence and intelligence, they broke down barriers and took their rightful place in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in Pitt history.

Contact: Linda Wharton Boyd at


Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show

9 p.m.

Bigelow Boulevard

The Pitt Program Council presents an amazing display of fireworks and lasers timed to music as Bigelow Boulevard and the Cathedral of Learning are lit up in celebration of Homecoming. The Homecoming court finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the show!


10 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom B

Join your fellow alumni and Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts for a late evening of music and fun. A cash bar and a special late-night menu will be available for purchase.


Friday Meet-Up Hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Burn by Rocky Patel | 346 North Shore Drive | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Reconnect with college friends at this social reception hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities of Pitt (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho). Catch up with old acquaintences as you party the night away. This event is open to everyone.

Contact: Helen Bowers at


Welcome Back Reception Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning


Saturday, October 6

Pitt African American Alumni Council Annual Board and Membership Meeting

8:30 - 11 a.m.

Alumni Hall

AAAC executive officers and board of directors will hold their annual meeting. National President, Dr. Vaughn Clagette, will present his annual State of the Council address which summarizes the progress and achievements of the past year and outlines the direction for the future. Board committee chairs and affiliate presidents will present their goals and objectives for the coming year.

Contact: Christina Royster at


Pitt Pregame Festivities 

Panthers Village Homecoming Pregame Event sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association
Pregame Event: 10 a.m. | Kickoff: 12:20 p.m.

Heinz Field, Great Lawn | white tent next to Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 and adjacent to the North Shore Riverfront Park
100 Art Rooney Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Meet representatives from Pitt schools, colleges, and regional campuses, including the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pitt Business, Pitt Law, the School of Computing and Information, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The price for this event is $35 per person, and children 10 and under are free. Space is limited, so please note that walk-ins cannot be guaranteed admission to the event.

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Clear bag policy:

Game Day Central:


Sankofa Awards Banquet: "50 Years of Outstanding Leadership: Honoring the Black Action Society, IMPACT Engineering Alumni, Former UCEP Project A Students, and Other Diversity Programs"

Cocktail Reception: 6 – 7 p.m. | Dinner: 7 – 9 p.m.

Meet at Alumni Hall

The AAAC issued the call for BAS leaders, IMPACT Engineering alumni, and UCEP Project A students to return to Pitt and be recognized for their leadership.

Contact: Nicole Walker Parks at or Kimberly Williams at


After Banquet Overflow hosted by the "Divine Nine" Fraternities

10 p.m.  1 a.m. 

Bridges Restaurant and Lounge | Wyndham, University Center

Join the "Divine Nine" Fraternities of Pitt (Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta) after the Sankofa Awards Banquet for a social gathering and a night to remember.

Contact: Helen Bowers at


Sunday, October 7

Sunday Morning Ecumenical Memorial Worship Service

9:30  10:45 a.m.

University Club

End the weekend on a spiritual note through praise, song, and worship. A special candlelight moment during the service will be dedicated to honoring members who have passed. Music will be performed by Some of God's Children Gospel Choir.

Contact: Valerie Njie at; Joyce Kareem at; Emiloa Jay Oriola at


Annual Worship Service and Sankofa Sunday Brunch Recognizing the Former University Community Education Program (UCEP) Project A Students and Community Partners

11 a.m.  1 p.m.

University Club

In 1968, the University Community Education Program (UCEP) administered a program dedicated to enriching the learning environment increasing the minority presence at Pitt. The first cohort of 50 students to enter the University through the UCEP program were called Project A.

Contact: Valerie Njie at; Joyce Kareem at