The UBAA presents its Fall Book Series- Blood in the Water- The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy, by Pulitzer prize winning author and historian, Heather Ann Thompson.

In conjunction with the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies under the direction of Interim Director, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, UBAA will highlight Ms. Thompson's work through an depth discussion of her award winning book in two general meetings of the Lit Club and a third VIP dinner reception featuring the author immediately following Ms. Thompson's appearance at the Bunche Center Speaker Series in late November. Books will be available on the UBAA website by 10/1 and tickets for the dinner will be available 10/30.

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017



If there is one thing for certain its that for many of us, we are still very much 'in love' with our 44th president. The first gathering of the UBAA Literary Book Club Series 'I (HEART) Obama gave attendees the chance to express thoughts ranging from the first time they heard Barack Obama to the first time they really thought he could win the nomination to the emotional roller coaster of his run and ultimate win. Erin Aubry Kaplan shared keen insight into the closeted adoration Black people had to have in public, the Superman/Kent duality of Obama, his sexuality and his transformative affect on the psyche of Black people.

In the second Chat and Chew gathering on Saturday April 15th, we will engage debate on Obama's Fulfillment of Black History and his successful ...

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017



In his nearly two terms as president, Barack Obama has solidified his status as something African Americans haven’t had for fifty years: a folk hero. The 1960s delivered Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, forever twinned as larger-than-life outsiders and truth tellers who took on racism and died in the process. Obama is different: Not an outsider but president, head of the most powerful state in the world; a centrist Democrat, not the face of a movement. Yet he is every bit a folk hero, doing battle with the beast of a system created to keep people like him on the margins. He is unique among presidents and entirely unique among black people, who never expected to have a president so soon.

Erin Aubry Kaplan has been a journalist covering black issues for twenty-five ...

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017

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