2019 Aya Symposium at PVAMU set for June 19
“Education: THE Foundation for Civil Rights in Texas Freedom Colonies”
The Aya Symposium, an extension of the Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival, will be held on Wednesday, June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 2019 at Prairie View A&M University in the School of Architecture. Texas educators, historians, and history enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. K-12 Texas educators will receive 7 CPE credits.
The one-day symposium, hosted by the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, will begin at 9 a.m. and include workshops, panels, and guest speakers. Keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, Founding Director, Center for Race & Democracy, University of Texas at Austin. Other noted speakers will be Dr. Melanye Price, who will head PVAMU’s new African American Studies program, and Dr. Andrea Roberts, Assoc. Dir., Center for Housing & Urban Development at Texas A&M University and founder of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project.
On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas’ enslaved residents were informed of their freedom. Almost immediately, these newly emancipated Texans began to assert themselves as resourceful, innovative citizens, forming more than 540 “Freedom Colonies” throughout the state during the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries as foundations in the fight for Civil Rights for Texans of African descent.
The goal of this symposium, entitled “Education – THE Foundation for Civil Rights in Texas Freedom Colonies” will be to explore the history of the educational systems and structures in Freedom Colonies, their influence on fostering and sustaining Black civil rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their impact on African-American Texans today.
For registration and more information, visit the Aya web site, www.ayasymposium.org/.