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1999 Report Index

Director's Statement 
Organizational Chart 

Summary of Research Highlights 

Other Projects and Activities 



Statistical Summary 

Staff/Advisory Board 

Other Participants 




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A. The Congress of Santa Barbara

            We consider it a major achievement that The Congress of Santa Barbara was created at UCSB in 1997 as a result of our work here at the Center. The group has pledged to institutionalize its efforts to further research the religion of Haiti and to disseminate its research findings.  The administrative site for the Congress of Santa Barbara is at the Center for Black Studies at UCSB.

            The Association has over 70 members (see Congress of Santa Barbara Board of Directors). See Conference Photos.. Researchers from various other institutions were making plans for the next conference to take place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. However, due to the possibility of political unrest due to elections scheduled in Haiti at the time of the conference, it has been rescheduled to Trinity College on March 22 and 23, 2000. A second volume will be published to disseminate their research findings. (see Flyer and By-Laws for more information on the work of the Congress)

The following excerpt from its Declaration summarizes the goals and objectives of the organization:

The presence, role, and importance of Vodou in Haitian history, society, and culture are unarguable, and recognizably a part of the national ethos.  The impact of the religion qua spiritual and intellectual disciplines on virtually all aspects of life in is indisputable.  It is the belief of the Congress that Vodou plays, and shall continue to play, a major role in the grand scheme of Haitian development and in the socio-economic, political, and cultural arenas.  Development, when real and successful, always comes from the modernization of ancestral traditions, anchored in the rich cultural expressions of a people. 

The Congress of Santa Barbara invites other Haitian scholars and non-Haitians who subscribe to its goals and objectives to join it in the defense and illustration of this poto-mitan on the Haitian cultural heritage that is such an integral part of the nation’s future.

            The work of the Congress of the Santa Barbara is part of the larger Indigenous Religion Project which the Center is developing. (By-Laws)

B- Colloquia

            Our annual colloquia series was well received and well attended and included scholars from a number of different departments whose work had relevancy for the Center's agenda.  We plan to continue our cross-disciplinary presentations in 1999-2000, particularly with other Ethnic Studies programs. 


Fall 1998 Colloquia (Flyer)

Earl Stewart, Professor, UCSB Department Black Studies, October 28:

Presentation on his latest book: African American Music: An Introduction

Catherine Squires, Dissertation Fellow, UCSB Center for Black Studies, November 5:

Presentation on dissertation research: The Black Public Sphere: An Investigation into the Development of Public Spheres

Joanne Grant, writer and filmmaker, November 12:

Discussion of her film Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker and her recent book, Ella Baker: Freedom Bound.

Daryl Dance, Professor of English, University of Richmond in Virginia and Visiting Professor, Stanford University, November 16:

Presentation on “Oral Tradition” and reading from her book Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor

Damita Brown, Dissertation Fellow, UCSB Center for Black Studies, November 19:

Presentation of dissertation research: Can We Get There From Here: Black Labor, Critical Consciousness and Liberation Discourse

Helen Pyne-Timothy, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies, Trinidad,

November 23:

Discussion of her edited volume, The Woman, the Writer and Caribbean Society

Douglas Daniels, Professor, UCSB Departments of Black Studies and History, December 3:

Lester “Prez” Young: His Critics and Colleagues


Winter, 1999 Colloquia (Flyer)

Marilene Phipps, Caribbean Painter and Poet, January 12:

A Relationship Between Painting and Poetry in the Creative Process (Flyer)

Scopas S. Poggo, recent Ph.D. recipient, UCSB Department of History, February 17:

Are Ancestral Spirits a Myth or a Reality? The Case of the Kuku Benevolent and Malevolent Spirits of the Southern Sudan

Jane Rhodes, Professor, UC San Diego Department of Ethnic Studies, February 24:

Discussion of her latest book, Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century

Thomas Fleming, Journalist, March 1:

A Conversation with Nonagenarian Journalist Thomas Fleming

Erwan Dianteill, Visiting Professor, UCSB Department of Black Studies and Gérard Pigeon, Professor, UCSB Department of Black Studies, March 10:

The Creolization of an African Religion: From Africa to Los Angeles via Cuba

Gary Phillips, Writer, March 11:

A reading from his latest Ivan Monk mystery, Bad Night is Falling

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Visiting Professor, UCSB Department of Black Studies,

March 16: Creolité in the Caribbean


Spring 1999, Colloquia

A joint presentation by Lilas Desquiron, Haitian film critic, novelist and scriptwriter and Florence Bellande-Robertson, Professor of French, La Sierra University,  May 4, sponsored by the Department of Black Studies

Reginald Daniel, Professor, UCSB Department of Sociology, June 2:

Multiracial Identity and the Decennial Census: Black No More or More than Black?

Stephan Miescher, Professor, UCSB Department of History, June 3:

Salome Owusua’s Quest: Gender, Personhood, and Legal Consciousness in Colonial Ghana

Babatunde Folayemi, Director, Pro-Youth Coalition, City of Santa Barbara, June 9:

The Disposable Generation: The State of Youth in Santa Barbara and Across the Nation

co-sponsored by the Department of Black Studies

Jude Akudinobi, Lecturer, UCSB Department of Black Studies, June 9:

Diaspora, Marginality and Identity in Home Away From Home

C. Annual Lectures at the UCSB Women’s Center by Dissertation Fellows

Catherine Squires, Dissertation Fellow, Center for Black Studies, May 19:

The Black Public Sphere: Unfinished Conversations, Past & Present

Damita Jo Brown, Dissertation Fellow, Center for Black Studies, June 3:

History is a Hungry Traveler: Black Female Subjects and The Grammars of Liberation

D.  Co-Sponsored Activities

As in the past, the Center cosponsored many events with other campus associations, departments and the local community:

Building Bridges in Our Community, the Center for Black Studies, the Community Action Commission and Human Relations Commission of Santa Barbara County, the Anti-Defamation League, KEYT Television, La Casa de La Raza, NAACP, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara News-Press along with thirty other community organizations, sponsored and/or participated in a series of special events in October.

Department of Black Studies 30th Anniversary, November 21

Martin Luther King Day at Chase Palm Park.  This event was organized by the Center in collaboration with the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara NAACP

7th Annual Historical Art Exhibit & Celebration in honor of Black History Month, February 1-28

“Beloved”, The Day After: A Discussion Group, February 12:

This group discussion on the movie Beloved took place the day after its screening in Campbell Hall. Sponsored by the Center for Black Studies’ Black Film Committee, an Ad Hoc Committee of the Center for Black Studies Advisory Board

The Center for Black Studies was a co-sponsor of an event that featured Ramona Africa, sponsored by ASIAN!, Save Mumia! Santa Barbara Coalition and Food Not Bombs, March 1

Kwesi Yankah African Norms of Communication and the Crisis of a Global Order, March 12, co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Religious Studies and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Black Graduation 1999, the Center for Black Studies contributed to the Black Graduation Committee which has been committed to honoring the academic achievements of African-American undergraduates at UCSB since 1982, June 18

The Center for Black Studies contributed to a series of events titled Resisting Imperialism. Featured  speakers: Olu Awoonor-Gordon, a central committee member of the Pan-African Union political parity, Vernon Bellacourt, a spokesperson for the American Indian Movement, Rafael Mariano, from the Philippines and Rafael Cancel Miranda of Puerto Rica, October 26, 31 and November 2, sponsored by 100 Black College Men, A.S.I.A.N.!, A.S. Student Lobby, American Indian Student Movement, El Congreso, Kapatirang Pilipino, and S.C.O.R.E.

El Congreso, Raza College Day: The Seventh Annual Raza College Day provided outreach to students and community members through cultural programs and educational workshops,

April 18

Grass Roots Organizing Weekend, sponsored by the UCSB Office of Student Life, provided training and organization skills for student activists.


The Academic work of the Center for Black Studies is well known and highly respected.  The Center’s contribution to the intellectual life and reputation of UCSB has traveled beyond its walls, through the work, the research, and the publications of its Fellows and its faculty associates.  One component of its work that is less well known is the Center’s community outreach. Below is a brief outline of some of the Center’s intramural and extramural involvements, past and current.

The work of the Coordinator for Cultural and Community Affairs has largely been one of outreach to the campus and community, of representing the Center, of acting as a liaison and a clearinghouse for information, and of initiating and organizing special events and projects.  Often these endeavors are collaborative in nature, and serve to connect the Center to the campus and the campus to the community.

However, the ceremonial and public relations aspects of the job are not its most important duties. A major project is proposed for the year 2001 which has consumed a large share of Dr. Kennedy’s time. There is an expectation that this time commitment will increase as the project transitions into full gear. Other projects in 1998-99 included:

Š       Martin Luther King Day at Chase Palm Park.  This event was organized by the Center in collaboration with the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara NAACP.

Š       Black History Month events at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion.  This included an art exhibition, speakers, videos, and community organization displays and was organized by the City of Santa Barbara with support from the Center for Black Studies.

Š       Established two exploratory committees to research and investigate the feasibility of 1) bringing a major and very powerful traveling exhibit that features artifacts from the slave ship “Henrietta Marie” which sank off the coast of Florida in the early 18th century, and 2) organizing an academic conference around the theme of the global economic ramifications of 400 years of the slave trade.  Dr. Kennedy’s work involved coordinating the goals and activities of the two committees, building support, seeking funds, and attending many meetings.

Š       Organized and served as co-chair of the “Building Bridges Committee”. This committee organizes the annual Tolerance Month event in Santa Barbara, which is a collaborative event among many community organizations.

In addition to these projects, Dr. Kennedy attended a great many events on campus including receptions and orientation for new students and programs in the residence halls. She attended events in the community including the “Women Against Gun Violence” dinner, “Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee” dinner and the “Fund for Santa Barbara” annual dinner.  Dr. Kennedy also attended Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meetings as well as Human Relations Commission meetings. She participated in Santa Barbara High School’s “Project College Bound” as a mentor and acted as a liaison to UCSB campus organizations such as K-12 Outreach, Relations with Schools, Alumni Association, EOP and others, as needed and invited.  Dr. Kennedy maintained a connection with interested constituents by disseminating announcements by email to them.


In addition to subscription revenue, the Center received donations in support of the Journal of Haitian Studies.  We also received donations to the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA). We hope to continue with these efforts


In recognition of Anita Mackey’s lifetime commitment to the highest standards of education, social responsibility and community serve, the Center has established the Anita Mackey Scholarship and Service Award for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Service awards were presented to Anita Mackey for her 30 years of dedication to the Center’s ideals and mission and to Louise Moore, from the Office of Research, in appreciation of her invaluable support and advice.