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Aug. 7, 2009

Afro-American Cultural Center celebration event set for Sept. 18-20

After 41 years of supporting students on campus, the UI Afro-American Cultural Center will hold a celebration for alumni and friends Sept. 18-20.

The Afro-American Cultural Center was established in 1968 to create a space for black students from different cultural backgrounds to adjust to university life. In preserving black culture, the center provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their cultural knowledge and educate the entire community.

"We've planned a weekend celebration with a variety of activities for alumni of all ages," said Melita Pope Mitchell, a 1997 UI alumna who is helping organize the event. "Most importantly, we want to share memories and show our support for current African-American students on campus."

The weekend will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 with a rededication of the center followed by a meet and great with alumni and students. The UI community is invited to the rededication ceremony.

The center will host a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Arizona football game on Saturday Sept. 19, two hours before the kickoff time at 2:35 p.m. A disc jockey will play music from all decades at the "Old Skool vs. New Skool" party at 9 p.m. Saturday in the main ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

The weekend will finish Sunday, Sept. 20 with a Gospel Breakfast Celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. in the South Room of the IMU, complete with gospel music from Voice of Soul and inspirational words.

Alumni are encouraged to join the black alumni social networking site,, created in April 2008 to help launch this reunion. Four hundred people have signed up to keep in touch by posting information, announcements, videos, and memories.

To register, and see a complete schedule of events, see You can also submit your Afro House memories and photos online. Students are encouraged to attend the weekend's events and will receive free and discounted admission to the weekend's events. They can RSVP at

For more information on University of Iowa Alumni homecoming events, visit or contact the University of Alumni Association at 1-800-469-2586.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Christina Wright, UI Alumni Association, 800-IOWALUM,; George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services, 319-384-0012,