2017 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
The 2017 Southeast Regional conference was held in Key West, Florida in conjunction with the Africana Festival, June 22-25, 2017. The weekend was filled with great cultural workshops and business of the SER. The SER meeting and workshop was held at the historical Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church. After prepared by the culinary ministry, attendees conducted the business of the SER. Updates were received from NHAA, Inc,. President Dorothy Lee-Murray, and workshop presentations from NHAA East VP, Shirley Farr, Alumni Giving Co-Chairman Michael Byrd, Student Recruitment Co-Chairman Calvin Ruffin, and Atlanta Chapter President Michelle Gipson. The SER Conference was chaired by SER President Yvonne Saxon.
L/R 1st Row: Chrispus Saxon, Valerie White, Yvonne Saxon, Dorothy Lee-Murray, Zenobia Bowen, Malik Yoba, Shirley Farr, Brenda Johnson, Zenobia’s Niece, Kaienisha Wright, Christopher Norwood. 2nd Row: Justin Cardoza, Michelle Gipson, Calvin Ruffin, Michael Byrd, Henry Johnson. Other SER attendees not pictured: Wendell and Jewel Saxon.
The Africana Festival provided attendees with workshops and presentations on Juneteenth Celebrations, Health and Wellness, the History of Key West with African Influences, and Roundtable discussions on topics affecting the African American community. The festival included tours of the African Slave Cemetery, San Carlos Theater, and the Mel Fisher Museum with a private viewing of the artifacts from the Henrietta Marie, the sunken slave ship. The festival and conference culminated with a key note address by Actor and Activist Malik Yoba and a Q & A with MSNBC Contributor Dr. James Peterson. The Key West Africana Festival is a biennial event that is organized in part by Hampton University Alumnus Christopher Norwood, Class of 1994, and SER-VP for the State of Florida.