The mission of the African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) is to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in the State of Connecticut.
The AAAC accomplishes these goals through information sharing, promoting cultural awareness, community networking, and legislation.
BLACK HISTORY DAY AT THE CT STATE CAPITOL
On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission hosted "Black History Day" at the CT State Capitol. Bill Costen of "Costen Cultural Exhibit" displayed his exhibit of rare photographs, ephemera, memorabilia, fine art and collectibles.
Artist, Andres Chaparro spoke about his art exhibit that has been displayed, during Black History Month, in the Legislative Office Building Concourse. His art is inspired by jazz music. Works of Andres Chaparro bear a remarkable insight into a cultural phenom from 1950's and 60's Expressionist traditions.
Tanya Hughes, Executive Director of the Commission of Human Rights and Opportunities shared information about the Commission's past, present and future.
Virginia Pertillar, Executive Director for Citizens For Quality Sickle Cell shared her mission of ensuring the availability and accessibility of quality and comprehensive medical care and support services for children and adults in Northern Connecticut with Sickle Cell Disease and other related disorders.
Singer, Veronica Alston sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing", the Black American National Anthem.
State Representative Bruce Morris - Invocation
State Representative Brandon McGee - Keynote Speaker
AAAC CLASSIC AWARD NOMINATION FORMS
YOUTH - MAN, WOMAN, BUSINESS, LIFETIME ACHIEVER
The African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) will host its 16th Annual Classic Awards on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. We would be honored to have you nominate men, women and students that you feel are deserving of an award.
We come together to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans and their contributions to the State of Connecticut. Presentations will be made to the Man and Woman of the Year, Business and Economic Development and Lifetime Achievement. Most important, Youth of the Year scholarships will be presented to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - Free Help Filing Taxes
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation services to individuals and families with total household income below $53,000 in 2014. The program recruits and trains volunteers who help taxpayers prepare and file basic tax forms at VITA sites throughout the state beginning in January and ending on April 15.
Details baout all of the Connecticut VITA sites can be found on the 2-1-1 website at this link or by dialing 2-1-1, including hours of operation and details about whether help is available by appointment or walk-in.
Self-service online appointment scheduling is also available for: Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, Putnam, Stafford, West Hartford, Willimantic, Windsor Locks, and Vernon. Just visit the 2-1-1 Tax Help page to review the eligibility criteria and then click on the link labeled "Book Your Own Appointment."
For more information, including details about other free tax filing assistance and a list of documents to bring along when filing taxes, read the 2-1-1 E-Library paper on Free Tax Assistance or dial 2-1-1.
Interview with WILI - 1400AM Radio -To listen, click here.
ECSU Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury
and Derrick McBride