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Honor for Africana studies founder
Published Thursday, September 25, 2008
by Herbert L. White

UNC Charlotte is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Africana studies department  with its founding chair delivering the keynote address.

Bertha Maxwell Roddey, who helped launch the program in 1968 and later co-founded the Afro-American Cultural Center, will speak Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at Storrs Building on campus. Her topic will be “Africana Studies: Past Present and Future.”

The ceremony is the first in a series of year-long celebrations  of the former black studies department at UNCC. Roddey’s lecture will be followed by a reception and parking is free on campus after 3 p.m. An alumni forum is also scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Rowe Arts Building and lunch at the Kappa House on campus at 12 p.m.

“Dr. Roddey’s accomplishments in our community and on the national scene are vast,” Africana studies chair Akin Ogundiran wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “Her contribution in guiding our department into maturity is a legacy that we are very proud to celebrate.”

UNCC will present Roddey the Distinguished African Award, and a lecture series will bear her name.

At 8 p.m., the Afro Center will honor Maxwell-Roddey with  “An intimate gathering of Bertha’s Village: Past, Present & Future.” The gathering is at the AACC campus at 401 North Myers St.


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