Middle States African Studies Association (MSASA) and Other Black Organizations

By Evans, A. M.; Evans, V. | Education, Fall 2002 | Go to article overview

Middle States African Studies Association (MSASA) and Other Black Organizations


Evans, A. M., Evans, V., Education


Introduction

Most organizations are founded from a need to convene for a cause, be it professional, social, or community service. The Middle States African Studies Association (MSASA) was founded from a need to have a professional organization in the Middle States to address issues and concerns of Africa and African American professionals.

The MSASA

The Middle States African Studies Association (MSASA) was founded in the Department of History at West Virginia State College by Dr. Anna M. Evans, one of the writers, in October 2000. The MSASA was established as a professional association of institutions and individuals from the Middle Region of the United States, but not limited to, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Many of the individuals have interests in various aspects of Africa, the issues surrounding people of Africa, cultures, and environments of Africa, and the history of the African Diaspora. The MSASA, as well as other organizations, provides avenues for the mentoring of junior and untenured faculty, intellectual stimulation on Africa and the African Diaspora issues, and support not always found on their campuses for research on and about Africa, African peoples, and other related matters. The Association is currently housed at West Virginia State College, Institutes, West Virginia, a historically Black college.

The officers of MSASA are as follows: Dr. Anna M. Evans, President; Dr. T. Ford Ahmed, Honorary President; Dr. Stuart McGehee, Vice President; Dr. Sonya Armstrong, Treasurer; Dr. Stephen Howard, Assistant Treasurer; Dr. James Natsis, Historian; Mrs. Phyllis Wolfe, Assistant Historian; and Dr. Khepra Khem, Parliamentarian. The Board of Directors of MSASA includes individuals from various institutions, such as Dr. Delores Taylor, West Virginia State College; Dr. Mark Orbe, Western Michigan University; Dr. Virden Evans, Tallahassee, Florida; Dr. Ronnie Wooten, Northern Illinois University; Dr. Carolyn M. Dejoie, University of Wisconsin, Retired; Dr. Charlene Byrd, National Center for Human Relations, Institute, West Virginia; and others.

The first convention of MSASA was held in Charleston, West Virginia, in March 2000. The Convention theme of "Shadow of Past Conferences" featured an exhibit of the Henrietta Marie slave ship presented for the first time to the Charleston community. Individuals from South Africa, England, the Middle States, and other places attended the historic convention. School children from many parts of West Virginia were bussed in to view the Henrietta Made Slave Ship exhibit.

The next two conventions were held May 3-5, 2001 and June 19-22, 2002, with themes of "Black Plaque: Health, Populations, and AIDS" and "The Global Legacy of Booker T. Washington" respectively. Individuals from the Middle States, Louisiana, Colorado, South Carolina, New York, several African countries, England, and others attended the conventions.

Other Black Organizations/Publications

The following is a listing of many organizations/publications founded by or for Black individuals:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. …

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