African Heritage Committee

The United Federation of Teachers’ African Heritage Committee, the union’s senior ethnic committee, was organized to help promote cultural awareness within the labor movement. The committee hosts several educational, enrichment and celebratory activities throughout the year in which all union members are invited to participate. These include Kwanzaa celebrations, Harlem Week, museum visits and study events, and many other activities.

One of the highlights of the year is the annual Black History Month dinner dance. Now in its 8th year, the event recognizes the educators that labor among us and includes the presentation of the coveted Mary McCloud Bethune Award for Teaching Excellence. Aware that we are a part of something greater – the labor movement – we also present the Frederick Douglas Award for Civil and Human Rights to an outstanding individual from the labor movement.

The committee has proud partnerships with Harlem Week, the West Indian American Carnival Association, the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and a host of other organizations that share our views.

Membership in the committee is free and open to any UFT member who agrees with the committee’s mission and shares its goals. It is a wonderful venue in which to meet and network, exchange ideas and share resources with educators from around the city.

For the last 10 years the committee has been headed by Anthony Harmon, who consistently challenges the group to seek higher heights. Under his leadership the committee has also established the Armando Blasse Scholarship, named after a former District 13 Representative who died in service promoting the union’s mission.

For more information about the Committee or to join contact Gwendolyn Stewart at 212-598-9509 or fill out the membership enrollment form here.

In the News
  • For two hours, more than120 students danced, sang and read poems and prose that showcased black achievement at PS/IS 45 in Bushwick.
  • Nearly 300 members and friends of the UFT African-American Heritage Committee gathered on Feb. 3 to kick off Black History Month at the committee’s...
  • The UFT celebrated Black History Month by screening a series of three films that explored some of the American heroes and historical events marking...
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All UFT members are eligible to join. Non-UFT personnel, including university employees and union members affiliated with the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, NYSUT, or AFT, may serve as associate members.

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Una Cameron Lee (third from left) and Allen Kinard, recipients of the Mary McClo
African Heritage Committee Dinner Dance 2017

Awards were presented to UFT members and others as celebrants marked Black History Month at the UFT African Heritage Committee’s 14th annual dinner dance on Feb. 3 at Antun’s in Queens Village.

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