The University of Houston’s African American Studies Program held its 50th Anniversary Scholarship Banquet honoring the program’s founding and founders as well as Distinguished Alumni Award winners Dr. Terence Fontaine and Omowale Luthuli and Community Service Award-winner Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson. The keynote speaker was African American Studies legendary scholar Dr. Molefi Asante while entertainment was provided by Jawad and Baba Fana and the Fana Dancers. Program director Dr. James Conyers welcomed attendees including Dr. Crystal Edwards, Dr. Elwyn Lee, Dr. Kevin Thompson, Erron Putman, David Vet, Van Rountree, Jasmine Grant, Emery & Cheryl Robinson, Coreesha Ross and more.

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Aswad WalkerAssociate Editor

I'm originally from Cincinnati. I'm a husband and father to six children. I'm an associate pastor for the Shrine of Black Madonna (Houston). I am a lecturer (adjunct professor) in the University of Houston...