African American leaders instrumental in making significant contributions to Austin’s education, arts, politics and media scenes will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Voices from the Community: African American Pioneers, Movers and Shakers” on Thursday, April 7, 3 to 5 pm in the Almetris Duren Residence Hall, Texas Rivers Room.
A vibrant panel discussion will highlight the struggles, successes and hopes for the future of this historical community. Participants will share personal experiences that paved the pathway to the progress of Austin’s African American community.
Featured panelists include:
Mrs. Jan Warfield, wife of Dr. John Warfield who founded KAZI-FM community radio station
Mr. Berl Handcox, first African American since Reconstruction to serve on the Austin City Council
Ms. Thelma Williams, writer, poet, and gallery owner who still lives in the St. John neighborhood, once predominantly African American
Dr. Charles Akins, School Principal for Old Anderson High School, first school for African American children
Dr. A.L. Mackey, Austin Community College, long-term volunteer, and advocate for services to the elderly
The panel moderator is Dr. Wanda Nelson, special assistant for the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement and executive director for University Outreach Centers. Event sponsors include Division of Housing and Food Service, Black Faculty and Staff Association and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. If you are interested in attending the program, email Alvin Curette, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, April 1, to reserve a space as seating is limited.