One hundred years ago, most Texas Freedom Colonies were between 10 and 50 years old. At that time, their founding families responded to transformative national events – the “Spanish Flu” pandemic (1918-1920), “Red Summer” (1919) and the racist, “America First” policies of President Woodrow Wilson.
The Aya Symposium, whose overarching purpose is to serve as a vehicle for the “multidisciplinary exploration of Texas Freedom Colonies,” looks to the 2021 Association for the Study of African American Life and History theme--“The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” for its 2021 focus.
As we reflect upon the challenges facing freedom colonies 100 years later, the 2021 Aya Symposium participants will identify and elevate African-American/Texas Freedom Colony family and community solutions to contemporary and historical concerns. Panels, workshops, and history talks will focus on any aspect of Black family life.
Note! Texas Educators receive 7 CPEs for attending the Aya Symposium.
Visit www.ayasymposium.org for updates and information!
Sharon Baptiste Gillin, Genealogist
15-minute History Talks ("TedTalk style") presentations
"The Fairy Tale Project": A look into the creative process of Black Storytelling - Stacey Allen, Nia's Daughters Movement Collective
Education in Austin's Freedom Colonies - Roxanne Evans, Evans Communication
Documentary: "Raise your Head Up" - Richard Orton, Bootstrap Films, LLC
Beyond the Grave: Re-Thinking Community - Jasmine Lee, Descendants of Olivewood
Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SLFR) Program - Clarence Bunch, Ph.D., PVAMU Cooperative Extension Program Agriculture & Natural Resources
My Legacy Restoration Project - 'Lola' Kelly Wilcox Moore, Lola's Legacy Restoration Project/Wilcox Ranch
Juneteenth Jamboree: From Free Place to Displace - Michael Emery, Austin PBS-KLRU-TV
The Ransom Williams Farmstead and Freedom Colony Diaspora - Rebekah Dobrasko, TxDOT Environmental Affairs
"To Elevate": The Legacy of Huston-Tillotson University - Greg Farrar, Austin Parks and Recreation
* Swag boxes available to Early Bird and Regular registrants.
Through July 1, 2021
Available for high school and undergraduate students. Registration closes July 21. Note: Swag Boxes available to those who register by July 1.
Late Registration (July 2 - July 21): $139
Texas educators earn 7 CPE Credits.