A group formed, the money was raised and the beginnings of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture began.
And on Saturday, hundreds celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
“I never imagined,” said Diane Cloud, who, with her husband served as silver celebration co-chair. “Look at how far we have come.”
“We have a lot planned for the next 25 years,” said executive director Olivia White. “We are absolutely going in the right direction and this is a huge night.” The evening also marked Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery, as well as an evening to honor the many people who were part of the founding committee and have supported the center over the years.
A VIP lounge featured a display of past Juneteenth programs and memorabilia, including the fans that have become a signature favor at the galas.
And it was a night for news. Willena K. Price, president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of The Links, a professional African-American women’s organization, announced that former Miss America, actress, singer and author, Vanessa Williams, and her mother Helen, will be coming to Hartford for its annual women’s luncheon in October. Williams and her mother recently wrote the book, “You Have No Idea.”
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