Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Africana Center at Cornell University

Dear Friends,
You are receiving this email because you signed a petition to demonstrate solidarity with the faculty at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. Thank you for your support and dedication. Now we need your help once again to reach our goal of 1,000+ signatures on the petition!
As such, I am now writing to provide a brief update and to seek further assistance from you. Although faculty and students were away during the winter break, the struggle for the Africana Center continues. In the past few weeks, the Africana faculty and the members of Cornell's Black Women's Professional Forum have released statements articulating their central concerns with the Provost's decision regarding Africana's future. These documents are tremendously helpful in explaining the reasons why the proposed administrative shift is detrimental to the Africana Center. The statements can be found at the following website: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveafricana/blog
We are also asking for your assistance to gather more support for the Africana Center and its faculty. We just barely short of our goal of 1,000 supporters, and with just a little effort we can show Cornell's administration that there is nationwide opposition to this decision. PLEASE circulate the petition website at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveafricana/ and ask your friends and colleagues for their support. Keep in mind that although we are especially appreciative of signatures from academics and Cornell alumni, we are happy to receive signatures from anyone (and everyone) who is willing to stand in solidarity with the Africana faculty.
Thank you again for your act of solidarity, Leslie

Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of History
The Ohio State University

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