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Volume 9 2009 -2010

Harry Edwards' 2010 Thurgood Marshall Lecture and more . . .

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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

40th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION

The academic year 2009-2010 marked a milestone for the Bunche Center. The Center celebrated its fortieth anniversarywithanexcitingarrayofprogramsandprojects --wewelcomedProfessorEmeritusHarryEdwardsasour 21st Thurgood Marshall Lecturer and Professor Charles HenryasourfourthBuncheChairLecturer;theCenter's vibranthistorywasshowcasedin"Art,Activism,andAccess," apowerfulexhibitattheFowlerMuseumcommemorating the 40-year contributions of UCLA's four ethnic studies centers;andtheCenter's8-year-oldBlackLosAngelesProject produced a groundbreaking, edited volume on black life inthecity,Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities(NYUPress,2010). Lessthantenyearsfromnow,in2019,theBuncheCenter will turn 50 and UCLA will celebrate its centennial.We beginthecountdowntothealignmentoftheseimportant milestonesbyprioritizinganumberofkeyinitiativesover the next few years. First, the Center plans to capitalize off of its faculty resources and location by reinvigorating acommitmenttotheRaceandHollywoodProject.This projectwasinitiatedin2001withtheCenter's"Primetime in Black and White" report series and in coming years will explore a host of important questions about black representations, particularly as they are impacted by the behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-camera practices of the Hollywood entertainment industry. The Center also plans to follow up its College Access Project for African Americans(2002-2008)witharesearchinitiativethatwill continuetoinvestigateaccessandequityconcernsforAfrican Americans in public higher education, looking closely at thematerialbenefitsofdiversecampuspopulationsforthe broaderpublicgood.Finally,theCenterwillcontinueto pursueopportunitiestoforgelasting,intimateconnections to the region's African American communities, especially through place-based initiatives that bring Center faculty, students,andprogramstoareasfarbeyondtheboundaries ofWestwood. Inatimeoffiscaluncertaintyandconsiderablechallenges, IamexcitedabouttheprospectsfortheBuncheCenter's future.IamconfidentthattheCenterwillcontinuetomake importantcontributionstoboththeacademicandbroader communities,andIinviteyoutojoinusinthisimportant workastheCentermovestoward50. Darnell M. Hunt Director, Bunche Center Professor of Sociology

Chancellor Gene Block

Chancellor Charles Young

Jimi Castillo

Darnell Hunt, Jeannette Moore

Chancellor Gene Block John Densmore

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SUMMER HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2010

The Summer Humanities Institute (SHI) provides intense training in humanities scholarship to students primarily from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).GenerouslyfundedbytheAndrew W.MellonFoundation,theSHIisdesigned toprepareparticipantsforacademicworkat thegraduatelevel.Thisyearwecompletedthe programwithnineundergraduatesfromthe followingschools: ClarkAtlantaUniversity FiskUniversity HamptonUniversity HowardUniversity MorehouseCollege PaineCollege NorthCarolinaCentralUniversity SpelmanCollege

SHI Participant Comments:

"...a fantastic, cultural, and academically enrichingexperiencethatIwillneverforget... Thanks to them, graduate school no longer seems like an insurmountable monolith beckoning at my front door...programs like this create leaders, people who are more than equipped to follow through on their childhood promises of making a difference andcreatingabetterenvironmentforfuture generations...mylifehasforeverbeenchanged bymyexperience." ­Dimabo Tienabeso

"I was not only offered academic lessons, but life lessons as well...The graduate style seminars, and the constant communication withcurrentgraduatestudents,makemefeel asthoughIamfullypreparedforthegraduate school experience...I can honestly say this hasbeenthemostlife-changingsummerof mylife." ­Stefon Plummer "The SHI program offered participants an opportunitytoperformourownresearchin themannerthatitwouldbeperformedata researchoneinstitution.Wewerepushedto ourintellectualbests...Iamnowcertainthat Iamintellectuallycapableofnotonlyearning aPh.D.butalsousingittopositivelyaffect mycommunity." ­Jahmese Fort "For me, the Bunche program was a lifechangingexperiencebothinandoutsideofthe classroom...Iwasintroducedtograduate-level workandgiventheopportunitytoadjustto a more intense and rigorous style of study thanwhatIwasusedtoasanundergraduate student.Theclassroomexperienceburgeoned myconfidenceinmyabilitytonotonlyreach, butdowellonthegraduatelevel." ­Jonathan Collins

"The program fosters social and political awareness in a way I have never witnessed before.Iammoreabletoseemywayinthe world,andserveasanagentofchangeinmy owncommunity...BeforecominghereIhad Past participants have continued their merely entertained the thought of graduate education at universities such as UCLA, school, but now it is a plan in motion...At Carnegie Mellon, Indiana University, and myhomeinstitutiontheresourcesavailable GeorgetownUniversity. pale in comparison to what UCLA has to offier.Aprogramsuchasthisonemakesit possibleforthoseofuswhohavechosento attendHBCU'stoshareintheopportunities presented at large research institutions such asUCLA." ­Kimberly Morant

2010 SHI participants

DEGREE PROGRAMS IN AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES

TheMAprograminAfro-AmericanStudies continues to attract a wide range of top graduate-level scholars who wish to ground themselvesinkeytheoreticalissuesregarding AfricanAmericansandtheDiaspora.Several membersofthemostrecentgraduatingcohort havegoneontoPhDprograms,andothers haveplanstodoso.ThereisalsoanMA/JD Program in which students spend one year intheInterdepartmentalM.A.Programand threeyearsintheUCLALawSchool.

Graduate Program

departments.Afro-AmericanStudiesfaculty continue to be committed to developing students' critical thinking skills to allow scholars to analyze African American issues andsituatethemwithinthematrixofglobal concerns.

conferencepapersontheresearchtheyhave undertakenwhileatUCLA. TheIDPhopesthatdonorswillcomeforward toprovidefundingfortheseundertakingsand otherprogrammaticendeavors. Dr.BrendaStevenson(History)completedher finalyearasIDPChair.Beginning2010-11 Dr.MarkSawyer(PoliticalScience)beganas thenewChairoftheIDP. Formoreinformation,pleasecontact Dr.LisbethGant-Brittonat310.825.3776, [email protected], web:www.afro-am.ucla.edu.

Program Administration

Asadepartment,Afro-AmericanStudieswill continue to draw on the strengths of core Afro-American Studies and Bunche Center professors,aswellasaffiliatedfacultyinother

Departmentalization

Inordertofacilitatetheadmissionsprocess, outgoing Chair Dr. Brenda Stevenson maintainedanIDPAdmissionsandAwards Committee, composed of affiliated faculty. The committee discussed and voted on key issues regarding potential graduate students and assisted in making recommendations for admissions and awards to the Graduate Division. The IDP encourages both undergraduates and graduates to present

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RESEARCH

Established as an organized research unit (ORU)in1969,theRalphJ.BuncheCenter for African American Studies at UCLA has a primary commitment to undertake and sponsor research that enhances our understanding of the history, lifestyles, material conditions, and sociocultural systems of women and men of African descentintheAmericasandintheDiaspora. Bunche Center Archival Project Since February 2009, the Bunche Center has engaged in work associated with its $25,000digitizationgrantfromtheHaynes Foundation titled the "Bunche Center for African American Studies Archival and DigitizationProject."Thisarchivalproject hasbeenassessing,preserving,andcreating an archive for the holdings of the Library and Media Center of the Bunche Center. In addition to the archival collections it already held, the Bunche Center was able to obtain and begin digitizing NOMMO, theblackstudentnewsmagazineatUCLA, whichstartedin1968andisknownasthe firstblackstudentmagazineonanycollege campus.TheCenterplanstomovetowards makingthearchivesavailableontheinternet in collaboration with the UCLA Digital LibraryProgram. Black Los Angeles Project anddemographicdata,onecanseethatBlack LosAngelesisandhasalwaysbeenaspaceof profoundcontradictions.JustasLosAngeleshas cometosymbolizethecomplexitiesoftheearly twenty-firstcenturycity,sotoohasBlackLos Angelescometoembodythecomplexrealities ofraceinso-called"colorblind"times. The book's co-editors are the Bunche Center Director, Dr. Darnell Hunt, and the Bunche Center Assistant Director, Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon. Contributors include scholars from SouthernCalifornia,includingBuncheCenteraffiliatedfacultysuchasProfessorsScotBrown, Mignon R. Moore, M. BelindaTucker, and PaulVonBlum.NYUPressreleasedthebook onApril21,2010. Primary Research The Center completed its third year of a Center for Community Partnerships-funded project titled, "The Black Los Angeles Oral History Project: Black Politicians and How They Make Community," with the California African American Museum and the UCLA Center for Oral History Research (COHR). TheprincipalinvestigatorisDr.Ana-Christina Ramon. Through oral history interviews, researchers documented Black politicians and their contributions to community making in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the present. AsagenerationofinfluentialBlackpoliticians begin to age, it is imperative to capture their storiesnow.Theseoralhistoriesprovidearichly texturedsocial,political,andpersonalcontext for the political events in Los Angeles and theBlackcommunityoverthepastsixtyyears andserveasanon-goingresourceforteachers, researchers, writers, filmmakers, and others to utilizeinyearstocome.Theresearchershave filmedtheinterviewsandwillbewrappingup thestudyin2010.Editedfootagewillbemade available on the Bunche Center website. The audio recordings will also be made available throughtheCenterforOralHistoryResearch's digitalinitiative. LisaTeasley,andWandaColemanthatwere filmedforpromotionalpurposes.Theshort trailerisavailableforviewingontheBunche Centerwebsite. Publications TopreviewtheBlack Los Angelesbookthat was released in the spring of 2010, the BuncheCenterreleasedtheBunche Research Reporttitled"BlackLosAngeles:APreview," Vol.5,No.1,inOctober2009.Thereport provided an overview of the book and presented the book's four sections: Space, People,Image,andAction.Eachsectionis accompaniedbyahistoricalorcontemporary anecdotethatdidnotappearinthebook. Events The Black Los Angeles Symposium Toaccompanythereleaseofthebookinthe spring of 2010, the Bunche Center hosted a symposium on Black Los Angeles that was held on May 25, 2010 in Royce Hall atUCLA.Theeventwasfreeandopento the public. The Center gathered premier scholars,communitymembers,andthestaff of elected officials to discuss the current stateofBlackLosAngeles.Thesymposium exploredissuescoveredinthevolume,such astherelationshipsbetweenurbanprocesses and race and the interplay between social research and community empowerment. Each of the book's four sections--Space, People, Image, and Action--was discussed atthesymposiumbyatwo-orthree-person panelandwasfollowedbyaQ&Asession. Panelists included Clyde Woods (UCSB), GeraldHorne(U.ofHouston),Marcyliena Morgan (Harvard), Vickie Mays (UCLA), AdilifuNama(CSUN),ErinAubryKaplan (journalist),ElaineBrown(author/activist), Danny Bakewell (LA Sentinel), and Mark Sawyer(UCLA).Theeventwasmoderated byProfessorKimberlyWest-Faulcon(Loyola Law Professor). The Center was also presentedwithtwoproclamationsfromstate electedofficialsatthesymposium. SeePhotosonpage14. Formoreinformationonanyofthe researchprojectsattheBuncheCenter, visitwww.bunchecenter.ucla.edu.

Black life in Los Angeles has been understudied relative to other important African American urban areas around the nation.YetLosAngeleshasbeenandremains anessentialreservoirofblackactivitywhose inputonbroadercultural,politicalandsocial developments is insufficiently understood. The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African AmericanStudiesatUCLAaimstocorrect thisoversight.TheCenterhasbeenengaged inamulti-yearresearchinitiative,theBlack Los Angeles Project, a major undertaking thatexploresthehistoricalandcontemporary contours of L.A.'s black community by TheCenteralsobeganworkonOur Stories: A bringingtogethertheworkofscholarsfrom History of L.A.'s African American Female Authors, acrossSouthernCalifornia. aprojectincollaborationwithwriters/producers E. Jeffrey Smith and Elan Sobel. The project Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and will present the story of black female authors Racial Realities is the culmination of this inLosAngelesfromthe1940stothepresent, research initiative.Based on innovative examininghowthefemaleperspectiveoftheir research, the original essays are multiliterary work informs and exposes elements disciplinaryinapproachandcomprehensive of black life in L.A. in ways that differ vastly in scope, connecting the dots between the from their male counterparts. Although the city'sracialpast,present,andfuture.Through projecthasnotbeenfundedyet,theCenterhas historicalandcontemporaryanecdotes,oral conducted pre-interviews with Paula Woods, histories, maps, photographs, illustrations,

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INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN CULTURES (IAC)

EachyeartheIAC,anadministrativeentity composed of UCLA's four ethnic studies centers, with oversight from the UCLA Graduate Division, sponsors a competitive fellowship and grant program to support research by faculty, visiting postdoctoral scholars,andgraduatestudents.

IAC Research Grants:

Basirat Alabi,GradStudent,Psychology,"Black American Diversity: Achievement, Attitudes and Identity." Alabi will examine the pattern of relations between ethnic group perceptions andacademicattitudesofstudentsfromAfrican AmericanandAfricanimmigrantfamilies.

ThisyeartheCenterhasawardedonepredoctoralfellowship,andeightfaculty/student Jean-Paul deGuzman,GradStudent,History, research grants (including one inter-ethnic "Shaking up the Suburbs: From Marketing grant). to Mobilization in the San Fernando Valley." deGuzman'sprojectfocusesoncomplicatingthe urban/suburbandichotomythroughthelenses Predoctoral Fellowship: of immigration, marketing, popular culture, Chinyere Osuji,adoctoralcandidateinthe and multiethnic community formation in the DepartmentofSociology,willbetheBunche SanFernandoValley.Forthisproject,hewill Center's2010-2011IACPredoctoralFellow. focusonSFValleyStateCollege(nowCSUN) Ms.Osuji'sproject,"MarriageandMistura: andSFValleyHSinthelate1960sandtheir Black-WhiteUnionsinRiodeJaneiroand relationshipswithlocalcommunityinstitutions. LosAngeles,"willexaminetheexperiencesof black-whitecouplesintheU.S.andBrazil, Aisha Finch, Asst. Prof.,Women Studies and both multiracial societies with significant Afro-Am, "Troubled Revolutions." For her populationsofAfricandescent,inorderto bookproject,Finchfollowstheemergenceofa showtheextenttowhichinterracialmarriages dynamicresistancemovementinwesternCuba, leadtoablurringofracialboundaries.The fashionedbyenslavedandfreepeopleofAfrican review committee believes that she is a descentinthe1840s.Shewillusethegrantto strongstudentwhowilllikelycompleteher visitHavanaandtheCubanNationalArchives dissertation in 2011, particularly with the to consult the collection called La Comision helpofthisfellowship.Ms.Osuji'sadvisors Militar. describeherasa"talented,self-motivated," "entrepreneurial, smart, [and] creative" Aletha Harven, Grad Student, Education, studentscholar.Inregardstoherresearch, "ExploringFactorsthatCounteracttheNegative oneadvisorwrites:"Iamconfidentthather Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black workwillbemandatoryreadingforthenext Adolescent's Achievement." Harven examines generationofstudents."Anotherwrites:"[S] the moderating effects of parent advocacy hewilleventuallyproduceanimportantand and friendship support on the indirect path perhapsinnovativebookinanareawherethe betweenBlackadolescents'perceptionsofracial qualityofresearchhasoftenbeenmediocre." discrimination in school and their academic achievement.

Mignon Moore, Asst. Prof., Sociology & AfroAm,"InvisibleFamilies:GayIdentities, Relationships and Motherhood among BlackWomen."Mooreexamineshowrace, ethnicity,andclassinfluencethewayswomen who are gay find partners, form families, and understand their sexual orientation, challenging a number of generalizations aboutlesbianfamilypatternsthathavebeen drawn from research almost exclusively focused on White, middle-class feminist women. Christopher Newman, Grad Student, Education,"EngineeringSuccessforAfrican American Collegians." Newman will study how schools of engineering encourage or obstruct the support of successful African Americanengineersbyusingdatagathered throughsixcasestudiesofuniversitiesthat demonstrated success in producing a large numberofAfricanAmericanundergraduate engineers. Deirdre Pfeiffer, Grad Student, Urban Planning, "African American Migration to California's Inland Empire." Pfeiffer will investigate whether Los Angeles County African Americans moving to the Inland Empire,aprimarilyexurbanregion,enhances their social mobility. She will use a multimethodapproachinherstudy. Stefan Timmermans, Prof., Sociology, "Getting Access to Health care in South CentralLosAngeles."Timmermansexamines howreligionmediatesaccesstohealthcare among African Americans. He and his colleagueswillstudythedifferentstrategies low-income African Americans employ to navigate health care services and whether religion does or does not factor into these actionstrategies.

Celebrating 40 Years of Service To UCLA and The Los Angeles Community.

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THURGOOD MARSHALL LECTURE ON LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS HarryEdwardsLectureApril29,2010

A new young Catholic president had been in officetwoyearsandhadshownsomewhatlessof anaffinityforaccommodatingDixiecratinterests oncivilrightsissues.Expectationshadbecome so elevated and exuberant that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoplepromulgatedtheslogan,Free by 63'.But Baldwin discerned another more complicated andtroublingdynamicemerginginintegrated group affairs. Put most simply, Baldwin had summarizedthatcontradictionsandproblemsat theinterfaceofraceandsocietyinthetotalityof theirrealityweresodeep-seatedintheirsources, so devastating in their contradictions and the scopeoftheirconsequences,thattheythreatened not only to derail the established civil rights movementbuttodiluteitsrelevance. YouseeBaldwinunderstoodthatthecivilrights movementfromthe1950sintotheearly1960s was largely a church-based clergy-led, racedriven, black-middle-class-oriented movement targeting racial segregation particularly in the South. In the North, Midwest, and theWest, whileracewasstillamajordemarcatingfeature inhumanrelations,classwasloomingasanever- increasing influence on black life-chances and prospects in the traditional black community, particularlyastheblackmiddleclassmigrated outofthecommunityinpursuitofincreasing integration-generated opportunities. In fact, the civil rights leadership of the day and its mainstream sponsors and supporters were so atoddswithsomeofBaldwin'sviewsthatthey wouldn'tallowhimtospeakatthe1963March onWashington.NotleastupsettingofBaldwin's perspectives was the concluding paragraph of hisbookwherehewrotethesepropheticlines, "Ifwedonotchangecourse,ifwedonotdare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy recreatedinsongbyaslaveisuponus`andGod gaveNoahtherainbowsign.Nomorewaterthe firenexttime'." institute programs that selectively created opportunities for some while consigning others deliberately or by unintentional collateral outcomes to the ranks of the undeserving,theunqualified,thedisqualified andultimatelythedispossessed.Theinterests andissuesofallhistoricallyexcludedgroups mustbeinthemixonthetableandincluded inthegoalsandstrategiesofthestruggle. BythetimeoftheMarchonWashingtonin 1963,Baldwinwasbeingresoundinglyreviled anddismissedasawild-eyedcontrarian,as analarmist,andasacrank.Assomeonelost in the corridors of his own mind, perhaps confused and confounded over his dual minority status as a gay black man. So, thoughhewasthemostheraldedandnoted blackprotestwriteroftheday,hewasnot allowedtospeakattheMarch.Aswasalso thecase,bytheway,withBayardRustinwho organizedtheMarchonWashington.But BayardRustin,yousee,likeJamesBaldwin, wasopenlygay. Thecivilrightsactpassedin1964.Thevoting rightsactpassedinJuneof1965.Butthen in August of 1965 the black community of Watts exploded in a firestorm of urban inner-cityrebellion.Asearlyas1964,wehad alreadyseentheemergenceofMalcolmX,the culturalpoliticalGodfatherofanewwaveof militancy.By1966therewasHueyNewton andbranchesoftheBlackPantherPartybeing establishedinblackcommunitiesthroughout the West, Midwest and the Northeast. H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael gave amoreradicalstrategyofamilitantstance fortheStudentNon-ViolentCoordinating Committee, which increasingly came to bereferredtosimplyasSNCC.Asearlyas 1963, Medgar Evers had been murdered, fourlittlegirlshadbeenkilledinachurch bombing, and countless other violent acts wereperpetuatedagainstblackcommunities, black churches and black people. And the young president who had offered so much hope had been assassinated. In the wake of these and similar developments, James Baldwinwaseventuallyhailedasamodern day prophet, and The Fire Next Time was enshrined as one of the classics of black protestliterature. How then do we gauge our circumstances today against this background and our understanding of our recent history, our experiencesandoutcomesoverthelasthalf ofthe20thcentury? As was the case at the

...Overthecourseofmylifeandcareerasa scholaractivistIhavefoundthatthestudy of history is the effort that best rewards inquiry toward the end of understanding present circumstances and their trajectory going forward.Today more than ever we mustunderstandatleastourrecentpastas apeopleifwe'regoingtohaveaninformed conversationanddialogue,muchlessstrategy, concerning where we are as a society and wherewemightbeheadedasanation.There isafamousliteraryworkwhichbegins,"It was the best of times and it was the worst oftimes."Ifthetruthbetold,ofcourse,it isalwaysthebestoftimesandtheworstof times.Alltimesonthegrandscaleofsocietal developmentsandtheevolutionofanation are a mixture of joy and exasperation... Confronted with such an aggregate reality whatshouldwebedoing?Whatshouldbe ourfocustoday?Whatfeaturesofthesocial, cultural, and political landscape should commandpriorityinterestandattention. Our most reliable guide here can only be the lessons of past. In this regard, if there is one book that I would direct you to, it wouldbeThe Fire Next Time bythebrilliant novelist,shortstorywriterandessayistthe lateJamesBaldwin.Thoughpublishedsome forty eight years ago, The Fire Next Time speakstousoverthedecadesandprovides a chilling illumination of some priority dynamics,drivingtheurgencyofourcurrent and evolving circumstances. It also guides us in some measure toward the depth of commitment and the caliber of courage that will be needed if we are to institute anddefendremediescapableofalteringour presentcourseanddirection.

Intermsofmoderndayapplicationandpromise, his reference was clear, not withstanding civil rights successes and, in some part, precisely becauseofthecharacterofthosesuccesses,we wereapproachingadaywhenmanyamongthe blackmasseswouldnolongerbenonviolently tolerant, patient in the face of fire hoses and water cannons turned on black people in our positiontotheirjustpursuitoftheirciviland Itwas1962,followingeightyearsofeffusive human rights. By daring everything, Baldwin euphoriainthewakeofBrown v. Board of meantthateverybodycounts.Thatallciviland Education Topeka Kansas,theSupremeCourt humanrightsareindeedindivisible,thatindeed decisionstrikingdownseparatebutequalas itwasnotenoughtojustdeclarethatinjustice anywhereisinjusticeeverywhere.Thatwecould thelawoftheland. nolongerputforthstrategies,pursuegoals,and

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2010 SPEAkER: HARRY EDWARDS CONT'D

ratesthatareapproaching40percentnationally. InCalifornianearly50percentofblackmalesdo notfinishhighschoolandoveraquarterofblack males15to34yearsofageareunderthecontrol of the courts - either under suspicion, under investigation, under indictment, under arrest, onbail,incarcerated,onprobationoronparole. And California is not exceptional. Nationally, black males are more likely to be arrested if suspected, convicted or plea bargained...if adjudicated,incarceratedandexecuted...When combinedwiththeepidemicsofobesity,drug addiction,AIDSandotherpovertyandlifestyle relatedurbanafflictions,thisviolenceconstitutes an urban public health crisis that no amount ofhealthcarereformorguaranteedhealthcare insurance coverage is likely to abate. They are again being left out... Most certainly greater Butfrom2008tothepresentAmericahas thanwhatwefacedduringtheheightofthecivil been experiencing the most devastating rightsmovementofthe50's,60'sandearly70's. economic times in almost eighty years - the economic conditions of urban black The expanding diversity of our cities has communities have approximated these generated increased stakes and compounded conditions and worse, driving increasing the difficulties of challenges as Latino's, Asian numbersofpeople,particularlyyoungblack Americans,newerimmigrantpopulations,and males,togreaterrelianceontheunderground people driven from the suburbs back into the and underworld economies. So the 15.1 urban centers by sky-rocketing energy prices percent black unemployment rate that is and collapsed housing markets, compete for so widely reported today, a figure grossly space,jobs,housingandinstitutionalaccess... exceeding the national average, is really a Sowhenwefightforfullrightsandopportunities veryconservativeestimationsincesomany for women, when we fight for full rights and blackseitherneverwereorarenolongereven opportunities for gays, when we fight for full lookingforjobsinthemainstreameconomy. rightsandopportunitiesofallofthepeoplein Infact,inmanyurbanareastherealblack oururbancenters,wearefightingforourselves. unemploymentrateisprobablycloserto35 Wearefightingthestruggleofthe21stcentury tocarryonthestruggle.Weneedtostoptalking percent. Withnovisionofhopeorinclusioninthe aboutillegalaliensasifthepeoplewhoattend economic mainstream, too many black our schools, who work our fields, who clean youth no longer value education. This, our hotels, and who work in our hospitals in combination with poorly resourced, are somehow from another planet... We do deterioratingurbaneducationalinstitutions less at our peril not to speak of leaving open overall,hasresultedinblackstudentdrop-out opportunitiesforsuchdraconianill-conceived, onsetofthe1960s,Americahasanewyoung presidentwhohadtheaudacitytoinciteand initiate a new dawn of hope and elevated expectation.AlongwithanAfricanAmerican family in the white house we have what is arguably the most progressive democratic majorityinthehistoryoftheUnitedStates Congress. We have an African American intheall-importantchieflawenforcement positionofattorneygeneralandevena"wise Latina"ontheUnitedStatesSupremeCourt. On top of it all, we have the largest black middleclassinAmericanhistory...theexperts tellusthatontheaverageAfricanAmericans havemadesignificantstridesinclosingthe incomeandeducationgapswiththewhite mainstream. ill-advisedandunjustdevelopmentsaswhat we have witnessed in Arizona, where state law allows police to stop people who the officerhas"areasonablesuspicion"mightbe undocumentedwhileclaimingthatnoracial orethnicprofilingisinvolved.I'llleaveit tothelawyersandconstitutionalexpertsto determine if the law passes constitutional muster, but until somebody explains to mehow"reasonablesuspicion"caninvolve anything other than racial and ethnic profiling,thislawmostcertainlydoesn'tpass thesnifftest. Thediversityandurgencyofthechallenges will either propel this nation to hitherto unprecedentedheightsofpurpose,possibility, andproductivity,oritwilldragusdowninto aever-deepeningspiralofsocial,politicaland economic chaos toward a national nervous breakdown. Will the fire next time be a prairiefireprogressivemovementbasedon inclusionoryetanotherfirestormofviolence and unrest fuelled by competing interests, desperation,andrage?Itwas1962andthen attorneygeneralBobbyKennedystated,"If wekeepthefaithandcontinuetheeffort,a NegrocanbecomepresidentoftheUnited States in forty years."When asked why he believedthat,heresponded:"Whynot?"He misseditbyameresixyears.Sowheninthe backofyourmindyouask,"Edwardshow can everyone be included in a movement? Wehaveinterestgroups.Wehavedifferent needs. Many of us are moving in different directions.Howcantheinterestsofeveryone be part of the discussion and included in ourstrategiesandinourgoals?Whydoyou think something like that is even possible? Myresponseis,`Whynot?"'Thankyouvery much.Iappreciateyourpotential.

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BUNCHE CHAIR LECTURE CharlesHenryFebruary11,2010

...Tonight I'm going to talk about Ralph BuncheandBarackObama...Transcending Race: the Cases of Ralph Bunche and BarackObama.Timesareoutofjoint.We have an African American president yet representatives call him a liar publicly and the Republicans hold an alternative State oftheUnionmessageinthecapitalofthe confederacy, Richmond Virginia. It seems thatsomehavetranscendedracebutothers havenot. Iwas...evenmoreawareofmyhistorybythe timeoftheMarchonWashington,thesymbolic high point of the civil rights movement. I remembercominghomeinthelateafternoon andfindingmyfatheruncharacteristicallysitting infrontofthetelevisionsetandonthescreen flashedimagesofmoreblackpeoplethanI'dever seeninoneplaceatonetime... By the time of Jessie Jackson's 1984 speech, before the democratic national convention, I was in the audience and fully aware of the implication of Jackson's challenge to the democratic establishment. There was much weepingandasenseofpridebutnojubilation. Afterall,Jacksonhadlostthenomination.Soit wasinDenverin2008thatIgotasenseofthe jubilationexperiencedbymyancestors.Walking into that stadium with a long line of Obama supporters, I met a black woman in her 80s dressedfromheadtotoeinhotpinkhighheels (we'rewalkingongravel).Saidshehaddriven allthewayfromSouthernCaliforniatowitness Obama's nomination. She wasn't alone. There werealotofotherpeoplelikethatwhohadcome evenfurtherthatwehadmet... In fact, the language of civil and political rights justified the revolution and was considered so dangerous that it was not continuedanditwouldnotbecomecurrent again until the post WWII period. This disappearance of rights language coincided withashiftinwhitejustificationforslavery inthebeginningofthe19thcentury.This changed from an apologetic support for slaverybestillustratedbyJefferson'sfamous phraseaboutfearingthewrathofGodover its continuation, much less like reverend Wright's "God damn America" comment. TheshiftfromfearingGodtoseeingslavery asapositivegoodhelpedpolarizethecountry andleadtotheCivilWar. Perhaps the most notable reaction to this developmentofawhiteideologyofsupremacy wastheriseofradicalabolitionismbyroughly 1830,symbolizedononehandin1829by DavidWalker'sappealandontheotherhand NatTurner'srebellionin1831.Thisradical abolitionism was more inclusive. It took womenandblackstoleadershippositions.It wasmorewillingtojustifyforce,anditcalled for immediate emancipation, not gradual emancipation.

IwasonlythreeyearsoldwhenRalphBunche wontheNobelPacePeacePrizesoitdidn't reallyregisterwithme.However,Inowknow thatitwasquiteanationalcelebrationamong African Americans when that happened... IwasabouteightyearsoldwhentheBrown decisionwashandeddownbytheSupreme Court.Iwastheonlyblackstudentinmy elementaryschoolsoitprobablyshouldhave registeredwithmebutitdidn't.ButInow knowthatitwasacauseofcelebrationamong manyAfricanAmericans,oraswewerecalled then, Negros. I also know that it inspired Martin Luther King and Ralph Bunche to predictthatwithintenyearsAmericawould befullyintegrated...Theoldfolkshadaword TheeventsI'verecountedheremarkperiodsof thatdescribedsuchevents--itwasjubilation. racial progress in our nation's history. In fact, I believe Phillip Crinklier and Roger Smith Undoubtedly, no event before or since andothersthatsuchperiodsarerelativelyrare matched the jubilation marking the occurrences in our past and the racial status emancipationproclamation.Formanyyears, quoisgenerallythenorm.Infact,threeperiods well into the 20th century, blacks would of racial progress have been identified in the celebrate this day of jubilation... Colonel pastandIbelieveObama'selectionrepresents ThomasWentworthHigginsonwasonthe thebeginningofafourthsuchperiod.Iwant scene in Port Royal, South Carolina the to briefly speculate on how long this period morningofJanuary1,1863...Ceremonies might last, what direction it might take,by opened with a prayer and a reading of the drawingsomelessonsfromtheearlierperiods. Emancipation Proclamation, followed by a Unfortunately, these periods of racial progress presentationofcolorstotheFirstCarolina almostalwayscomeontheheelsofanational Volunteers. Reverend Mansfield French crisis.Infact,theworstkindsofcrisis,theycome delivered to Colonel Higginson a silk flag ontheheelsofwars.Warsdestabilizethestatus bearing the name of the regiment and the quobuttheyalsoallowfortheemergenceofnew proud proclamation "the year of jubilee ideals,neworganizationsandofnewleaders. has come." As Higginson waved the flag, African American men and women in the The first such period in our nation's history audiencebrokeinwiththenationalanthem. followedtheRevolutionaryWar,andalthough The freed peoples burst of patriotism was the American Revolution has been called a utterlyunexpectedandmovedmanytotears. conservative revolution, that changed the Higginson recalled, "I never saw anything politicalframeworkbutnotthesocialframework. so electric it made all other words cheap. AstheFrenchandtheChineseandtheRussian It seemed the choked voice of race at last revolutions, it still provided a philosophy and un-loosed."Humbled,hewonderedhowhe a language that would come to support black couldfollowwithhisspeech.Justthinkofit. freedom and equality. Black slaves and their Thefirstdaytheyhadeverhadacountry.The ancestors,aswellasthefoundersoftherepublic, firstflagtheyhadeverseenwhichpromised wouldusethenaturalrightslanguage... themanythingasapeople...

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CHARLES HENRY CONT'D

Thesecondperiodofracialprogressbegins with the civil war and ends with the Compromise of 1877. Lincoln believed the Emancipation Proclamation was the central act of his administration and the most important governmental action in the19thcentury...Ofcoursetheproblem Lincoln and his allies faced was that the militaryvictorybytheNorthdidnotmean anideologicalvictoryoftheNorth,despite thereframing.Moreover,nowhitepolitical leaderNorthorSouthhadimaginedanation ofblacksandwhitesco-existingasfreeand equal citizens. In fact, Lincoln himself, up until the middle of the civil war, believed colonization of blacks was the only viable solution... Without an economic base, blacks were unable to protect the political gains of radical reconstruction. Despite its brevity, reconstruction provided some valuable political lessons for blacks in general... Black political leaders were spoken of as representatives of their race. Not because ofanyparticularpositionbutbecausetheir accomplishmentswereemblematicofblacks' essential equality. The emergence of this doctrine of equality signaled a new color blindnessinwhichpoliticalconflictwould no longer be defined along lines of race. Manyblacksmadeitclearthatinpressing theirequalitytheywerenotaskingforspecial privileges... Once again war provided the political spaceforanotherperiodofracialprogress, following WWII... WWII was fought to maketheworldsafeagainstAryani.e.white supremacy. The blatant contradiction of millions of veterans returning home to a segregatedUnitedStatesbecameuntenable bothdomesticallyandinourbattletowin theColdWar... Thewhitereactiontoblackpowerusheredin arevolutionaryperiodthathaslasted40years from1968-2008.Duringthisperiod,racehas beenthethirdrailofAmericanpoliticsand no Democratic presidential candidate has achievedamajorityofthewhitevotesince then,includingBarackObama.Onceagain warshelpedusherintheObamaera,notone buttwo,withakeyassistfromtheeconomy. There'snodoubtthatObamaranabrilliant de-racializedcampaign... Ibelievethereareseverallessonsworththinking about. First, the past tells us that it is nearly impossible to have a meaningful dialogue around race... Second, the past demonstrates thatpoliticalandcivilrightsarenosubstitute foreconomicrights.Now,ofcourse,partofthe problem rests on differing definitions of what constitutes economic justice. Yet it still seems strangethatanAfricanAmericanpresidentisless outspokenabouttheincreasinglevelsofpoverty inthiscountrythanthewhitesouthernpresident wholostawaronpoverty.OrevenJohnEdwards for that matter. There is clear evidence that povertyhasbeenracializedandthereneedsto beaconcertedefforttochangethatperception. Undoubtedlyit'safactorinthehealthcaredebate and it helps explain why the United States is last among western industrialized nations in providinghealthcareoranyotherformofsocial relief.Moreover,severalrecentworksonwealth indicate that wealth is trans-generational and blacks are unlikely to achieve parody without somesortofoutsideintervention. Andthen,finally,thereistherefusaltoseeRalph BuncheorBarackObamaasblack.Authentic blacksarefoundintheghettonotatHarvard. Somehow their extraordinary achievements meanthattheyhavetranscendedrace,thatthey areeitherhonorarywhitesasweusedtohavein SouthAfrica.YourememberArthurAshewas declaredanhonorarywhitesothathecouldgo visit.SowasRalphBunche,incidentally,when he went to Africa and he was given honorary white status. This despite the fact that both were raised in homes where the father was absent,bothactivelysoughttobeofserviceto the black community, both returned to their communitiesaftertheireducationsatHarvard, bothplayorplayedbasketball.Bunche'scaseat UCLA(hewasalittlebetterthanObama)made theteam.Bothescapedthemarginalityofthe academythroughpublicserviceandbothsought topresenttheirlifestoriesassimplypartofthe Americanexperience... Thereisarealrefusaltoacceptamulti-cultural democracyasthenewnormasindeeditmust become,ofcourse.Therewillbebacklashamong whites,particularlythoseofmygeneration,to this trend, those of my generation who voted againstObamainthewhitecommunity.There willalsobearealfragmentingamongthecoming non-white majority. As various identities assertthemselves,onecanexpect,forexample, increased efforts to include some Asians andsomeLatinosaswhite,whileexcluding othersasBlack.It'sbeengoingonforyears. Itwillincreaseastimepasses.Ialwaysjoke withmyclassesthatwewillhavetrueglobal unity when we have another destabilizing war.Butthistimewillbeawarwithalien invadersfromouterspace.Thenwewillallsee ourcommonhumanity,whenthoseprawns fromDistrict9comedown...Yetinreality, the beloved community of Martin Luther KingandJosiahRoycewillremainadream andtheUnitedStatesanexperimenttesting thelimitsofthatdream. Iwanttoclosewiththreequotesfromyoung peopleinHarlemwhowereinterviewedby KennethClark45yearsagoinDark Ghetto. Thefirstone'sfromamanabout35yearsold. "Theflaghereisforthewhiteman,theblue isforjustice.The50whitestarsyouseein theblueareforthe50whitestatesandthe whiteyouseeinitisfortheWhiteHouse. Itrepresentswhitefolks.Theredinitisthe whiteman'sblood.Hedoesn'tevenrespect your blood. That's why he will lynch you, hangyou,barbequeyouandfryyou."Second isfromamanage19,"Iwouldliketoseethe daywhenmypeoplehavedignityandpride in themselves as black people. And when thiscomesabout,whentheyrealizethatwe arecapableofallthingsandcandoanything under the sun that a man can do, then all thesethingswillcomeabout:equality,great people,presidents,everything".Andthelast is from a boy about age 17, "I would like tobethefirstNegropresident."Thankyou verymuch.

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THE FOUNDING OF THE BUNCHE CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES Dr.RobertSingleton

Excerpt From Open House Presentation October 15, 2009

IwouldliketothankDr.TuckerandDr.Huntfortheirintroductoryremarks, andtheInstituteandBuncheCenterforthisVisitingScholarshiptodocument thechaoticfirstyearinthelifeoftheCenterforAfroAmericanStudies:Theyear thatappearstobelostinlaterchronologiesoftheCenter. MyoriginalresearchproposaltotheIACwasto(1)findthepeoplewhoplayed majorrolesinimplementingthetenactivitiesspecifiedintheoriginalCenterfor AfricanAmericanStudiesProposal,(2)conductin-depthinterviewswitheveryone Ilocate,and(3)fact-checkourmemoriesagainstthearchivesandothermedia. Theplanwastocombineourrecollectionsinapaperaboutwhathappenedinthat criticalyear.Ifeelstronglyaboutgivingcredittothosewhowerecommittedto thesuccessoftheCenter.However,theshort papergrewunavoidablylongerthe dayIfirstvisitedtheUCLAarchives. WhatIdiscoveredinthearchiveswasextensivedocumentationofactivitiesin 1967and1968thatprecededthelaunchingofthefourEthnicStudiesCentersin 1969,activitiesthataretoogreattodiscussinonepaper,soIamforcedtolimit myobservations.Thedocumentsincludelistsofthenamesoffacultyandstaff whometintaskforcesandretreatstoformulatethenatureoftheUniversity's responsetothe"UrbanCrisis."ThistermwascoinedbytheKernerCommission Robert Singleton inits1968ReportandusedbyPresidentHitchinhisInauguralAddress,entitled "WhatweMustDo."PresidentHitchscheduledameetingforlateDecember1968,towhichpresidentsofnearly100universitieswere invited,tobegintochallengethe"UrbanCrisis"throughuniversity-ledcommunityservice,buthethenabruptlycalledthemeeting offatthelastminuteforreasonsthatwerenevermadeclear. WhatIfoundevenmoreinterestingisthefactthatmanyofthenamesoffacultyandstaffwhoworkedwithstudentsatthemeetings thatproducedtheEthnicStudyCentersproposalsatUCLA,werethesameasthosewhocampaignedagainstMcCarthyisminthe1950's andagainstracialdiscriminationinWestwoodduringtheearlysixties.Iparticipatedinthelatteranti-racismcampaignsfrom1960 (whenIreceivedmyB.A.)to1964(whenIadvancedtocandidacyforthePh.D).Intheearlysixties,studentsandfacultysupporters successfullyexposedUCLA'sfailuretoenforcepoliciesagainstdiscriminationinhousing,employmentandservicesinWestwood.A newChancellor,FranklinMurphy,tookdecisiveactionbyappointingaChancellor'sCommitteeonDiscrimination,withHistory ProfessorBradfordPerkinsasChairandmeasthestudentrepresentative.Thisandsimilarsuccessescreatedacadreofactiviststhat supportedsuchthingsasthesouthernstudentSit-ins(withpicketlinesatWoolworthstoresnearWestwood)andeffortstoregister blackvotersintheSouth(withfood,clothingandtentsshippedtofarmerswholosttheirsharecroppingfarmswhentheyregistered tovote).TheseactivitiesultimatelyledtomyelectionasPresidentoftheUCLAChapteroftheNAACPin1960andtoorganizing theUCLAFreedomRiders,whohelpedfillthejailsinJackson,Mississippiin1961.Suchactivitiescreatedahostoffriendsonandoff campusduringtheearly1960's,andplacedmynamebeforetheBSU,fiveyearslater,whenIreturnedin1969. ThispaperlimitstheissuesofthatfirstyeartothefourIconsiderthemainproblemsencounteredduringimplementationofthe proposaltoestablishtheCenter. 1)TheinitialchaosfollowingtheshootingsofBunchyCarterandJohnHugginson1/17/1969. 2)TheallegedwarbetweentheBlackPantherPartyandtheUSorganization. 3)ThedesertionoftheCenterbymanywhopromisedtheirsupport,butchangedtheirminds. 4)FinalimplementationoftheactivitiesintheCenterproposal. Despiteformidableproblems,wemanagedtoimplement90%oftheoriginalproposal.Whilethispaperdocumentsoureffortsandthe peoplewhohelpedtoachievethem,italsosuggestsfurtherresearchtooinvolvedtopursueherethatthearchiveshelpustounderstand. Theywillbediscussedinalongerpaperorbook. Thelongversionofthispaperwillbeavailablesoonatwww.bunchecenter.ucla.edu.

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40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION - FOWLER MUSEUM February28,2010toJune13,2010

EthnicStudiesemergedasanintellectualmovementinthewakeofsocietaltransformationsassociatedwiththeCivilRightsMovement. Thecontroversial1969firingofprofessorAngelaDavis,thetentcityerectedinsupportofSouthAfricandivestmentinthe1980s,the ChicanoStudieshungerstrikeof1993­forfortyyearsUCLAhasplayedakeyroleinournation'scontinualstugglewithdiversity,access, andinclusion.Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLAexploredUCLA'sroleinvoicingthemostsignificantissuesof underrepresentedcommunitiesinthefabricofAmericanlife.Theexhibitionincludedpowerfulmurals,graphicart,films,ephemera, andphotographsfromthearchivesofUCLA'sAmericanIndianStudiesCenter,AsianAmericanStudiesCenter,BuncheCenterfor AfricanAmericanStudies,andChicanoStudiesResearchCenterandcapturedkeymomentsinaremarkablehistory.

Mural artist Richard Wyatt, Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt

Chester Whitmore and Kenny Burrell

Directors and Former Directors

Publications

Chester Whitmore

Kenny Burrell

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40TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE

OnJanuary21,2010thissymposiumcelebratedfortyyearsoftheBuncheCenterthroughpaneldiscussionswithkeyindividuals whowereinstrumentalinshapingtheCenter'slegacy.ThetwopanelsweremoderatedbyfirstBuncheCenterdirectorBobSingleton andcurrentDirectorDarnellHunt.SpeakersincludedformerUCLAadministratorChancellorCharlesYoungandformerdirectors MolefiK.Asante,ClaudiaMitchell-Kernan,M.BelindaTuckerandRichardYarborough.SpeakersalsoincludedVirgilRoberts,former student;MaryJaneHewitt,ProgramCoordinator;MandlaKayise,formerstudentandBSUChair;andAlvaStevenson,staffand formerM.A.student. Charles Young:...TheyweresomeofthemostcomplicatedyearsIthinkwe'velivedthrough,atleastinmylifetime...Therewerea lotofpressures.Therewerealotofeffortsthatweresometimesnotbeingrewarded.Therewasalotofdiscontent.Asapartofallthis discontent,UCLAbegantocometogetheraroundtherealizationthattherewerethingsthatneededtobedone...unusualthingsand novelthings. Virgil Roberts:WhenIcametoUCLA,therewasnoBlackCaucus....mostblackpeoplecouldn'tvote,theVotingRightsActwasn't passeduntil1965.Therewerenoblackpeopleincommercials....TherewerenoblackpeopleonTV.IwasastudentatUCLAwhen wehadourfirstblackhomecomingqueen,andtheWestwoodmerchantsrefusedtogiveheranygifts.ItwasstillanAmericathatwas inthemidstoffightingApartheid.MartinLutherKingwasstillaliveandtherewerestilldemonstrationsand...stillaquestionabout whatwasgoingoninAmerica...Sooneofthefirstthingswedidwascreateacourse...studyingthingsintheblackcommunity...By havinganorganizedresearchunit,wecouldrecruitfacultyandsaltthemacrosstheuniversitysothattheywouldbeineverydepartment andthatwouldalloweverydepartmenttohavetheinfluenceofablackfaceandablackpresence. Molefi Asante:Afro-CentricitystartedhereattheCenter...peopleinPhiladelphiathinkitstartedthere.ItstartedhereintheCenter... it'saboutagency...WearenotonthemarginsofEurope...weareactorsinourownhistoryandifweareactorsinourownhistorythen weareAfro-Centric. Mary Jane Hewitt:SoIguesswhenthethoughtoftheCentercameup,theythoughtofme...andledmeoutofUCLAExtensioninto programsoncampus:UpwardBound...TheAfricanAmericanStudiesCentergrewoutofthatneedtoconcentratestudyonAfrican AmericansandtheiraccomplishmentsinaPan-Africansense,notjustAmerican.Andtheywereready.

Molefi Asante, C Z Wilson, Charles Young, Berky Nelson

Darnell Hunt, Juan Gomez-Quiñonez, Molefi Asante

Robert Singleton

Virgil Roberts, Mary Jane Hewitt, Robert Singleton

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40TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE

Claudia Mitchell-kernan:Thestudentshave...withrespecttotheCenter...beenamotivatingforceintermsofwhatwehavetriedto achieve.They'vealsobeenhistoricallyacatalystinawaythatisreallyquiteextraordinaryforacademicprograms...Ithinkeducation isforlifeandifyouarebeingprovidedaneducationthatdoesnotallowyoutomakeacontributiontothecommunityyoubelongto, thesocietyyoubelongtoandlately...theglobe,thenIthinkyoureducationhasreallybedeficient. M. Belinda Tucker:WhenyouthinkaboutthekindsofpeoplewhoregularlycamethroughtheCenter,peopleIneverwouldhavehad anopportunitytomeetlike:St.ClairDrake...thepoets,thewriters,thescientists...themusicians...Icouldnothavearicherexperience Ithinkanywhereonearth...Wegotresearchfunding,wegotconferencefundingthatallowedustoreallybegintoaddresssomecritical issuesandthat'swhatIthinkthegenesisoftheseCenterswas... Richard Yarborough:...ThecentralrolethattheCenterplays,hasplayedandwillpayindiversifyingthefaculty­thishasbeenbrought up,butIcan'tsayenough.IwouldnothavebeenaddedtothefacultyinEnglishifithadnotbeenfortheCenter'sfacultylinethatwas giventoEnglishandthecollaborativesearchthatendedwithmypresencehere.AndtotheextenttowhichIhavehadanimpacton issues,thepresenceofgradstudents,diversifyingtheEnglishdepartmentcouldnothavehappenedwithouttheopportunityofferedto mebytheCenterforAfricanAmericanStudies.IrecallparticipatingintheSummerHumanitiesInstitute,aprogramstartedwhenIwas director.Aprogramthatbringsadvancedundergraduates,mostlyfromHBCUs,forarangeofactivitesdessignedtopreparethemfor gradschool...ThisisoneofthewaysthatUCLA,theCentermakesadifference,arealdifferenceintheprofessionandinstudents'lives. Mandla kayise:AfricanAmericanStudiescourseswereacorecomponentofthecampusclimatethatwastalkedaboutearlierthat facilitatestheadjustmentsofstudentstotheuniversityenvironmentandallowsthemtogainsomefocus,andreallyinmanycasesfigure outwhattheywanttodowiththeirlivesprofessionally...WhenIwasChairpersonwewereinvolvedinacampaignforfacultytenure. Itwasaverycriticaltimeinthemid80sforthetenureofAfricanAmericanfaculty...intermsofthembeingavailabletostudentsand providingthatsupportiveenvironment. Alva Stevenson:BythetimeDaleTrelevanhiredmein1984hewassettosendthefirstIACgrantincollaborationwiththeBunche Center,anditwouldbethebeginningofalongassociationwiththeCenterinwhichwehadtheseIACgrantstointerviewonthe historyofAfricanAmerican'sinLosAngeles.Ithinkitwouldbesafetosaythatin1984therewasnosucheffortgoingonanywhere todocumentourhistoryinthecity.

Mandla Kayise, Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, M. Belinda Tucker, Richard Yarborough, Alva Stevenson

Mandla Kayise, Alva Stevenson, Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, M. Belinda Tucker, Richard Yarborough

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SPECIAL PROJECTS AND EVENTS

Sewit Mehanzel, Jazmine Gordon, Isaiah Lauwerys, Janae Bell, Jeannette Moore, Darnell Hunt

Ricardo Guthrie

Gerald Wilson, Cheryl Keyes

Gerald Wilson, Cheryl Keyes

Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Cheryl Keyes, Claudia Mitchell-Kernan

John Outterbridge

BLACk LOS ANGELES SYMPOSIUM

Clyde Woods, Gerald Horne, Kimberly West-Faulcon

Elaine Brown, Danny Bakewell, Kimberly West-Faulcon, Mark Sawyer

Marcyliena Morgan, Vickie Mays, Kimberly West-Faulcon

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FACULTY NEWS AND AWARDS

Professor Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, was awarded the Alan Merriam Prize at the 2009 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Mexico City, for her book, "Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures" (Indiana University Press, 2008). The annual prize recognizes the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology. Darnell M. Hunt,directoroftheRalphJ.BuncheCenterforAfricanAmericanStudiesandprofessorofsociology atUCLA,waslistedamongthe2009Power150intheDecember2009issueofEbony magazine.Forthepast46 years,EbonymagazinehaschosenitsPower150,alistofthemostinfluentialblackAmericans. UCLAprofessorandjazzguitarlegendkenny Burrell washonoredwithTheRecordingAcademyPresident'sMerit Awardforhislifetimecontributionstojazzmusic.Burrellpioneeredtheguitar-ledjazztriowithbassanddrumsin thelate1950s.TheAcademyhonoredBurrellwithaGRAMMYSalutetoJazztributeTuesday,January26,2010at theGRAMMYMuseumatL.A.Live. January25,2010ViceProvostRosina BecerraoftheOfficeforFacultyDiversityandDevelopmentandAssociate DeanM. Belinda TuckeroftheGraduateDivisionreceivedaNewScholarsgrantfor$97,500fromtheElsevier Foundationtosupportfacultywomeninscience,technology,engineeringandmathematics(STEM)intheearly stagesoftheircareersastheystrivetobalancechildcareandfamilyresponsibilitieswiththedemandsofacademiclife. April07,2010SchoolofPublicHealthProfessorDr.Antronette Yanceywasnamedtotheboardofdirectorsfor thePartnershipforaHealthierAmerica.Thepartnership,anindependent,nonpartisanorganization,wascreatedto mobilizetheprivatesector,thoughtleaders,mediaandlocalcommunitiestofurtherthegoalsoffirstladyMichelle Obama'sLet'sMove!campaigntocurbchildhoodobesitywithinageneration. April7,2010Harryette Mullen,aprofessorofEnglish,wasselectedastherecipientofthefourthannualJackson PoetryPrize.Launchedin2007,theannualprizehonorsanAmericanpoetof"exceptionaltalentwhodeserveswider recognition".JudgesdescribedMullen'spoemsas"brilliantandenigmatic,familiarandsubversive.Likejewels, herpoemsaremultifacetedandshootofflights.Mullenusesthetechniquesofsoundassociation,innuendo,and signifying,andinthiswaymakesthereaderalerttothecunningoftheEnglishlanguage." April15,2010Andrew Apter,a professorofhistoryandanthropologyanddirectorofUCLA'sJamesS.Coleman AfricanStudiesCenter,waschosentoreceivethe2010GuggenheimFellowship.Selectedonthebasisof"achievement andexceptionalpromiseforcontinuedaccomplishment,"eachfellowreceivesagranttosupporthisorherwork. TheJohnSimonGuggenheimMemorialFoundationhasdistributedmorethan$281milliontomorethan16,900 individualssinceitsestablishmentin1925. May19,2010Darnell HuntwasnamedasanHonorableMentionrecipientfortheAcademicSenate'sDiversity, Equity,andInclusionAwardforhisroleinmakingUCLAoneofthemostethnically,culturallyandeconomically diversecampusesinthenation.HeworkedwiththeAllianceforEqualOpportunityinEducationCoalitionto advocateforimplementationofcomprehensiveadmissionspolicyatUCLAfollowingthe2006blackadmissionscrisis. June8,2010Mignon Moore,assistantprofessorofsociology,wasselectedaschairelectoftheRace,Genderand ClasssectionoftheAmericanSociologicalAssociation.Thesection,oneofthelargestintheASA,promotesresearch examiningtheintersectionsbetweenrace,genderandsocialstrata.

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