African American Affairs Council
The African American Affairs Council was established in 1969 when the African American Studies Department was established. Initially called the Afro-American Affairs Council, it consisted of the newly formed Black Student Union. Dr Flemon was its first Chair, with Dr. Gwendolyn Thomas serving as Vice Chair, Mrs. Mabel Leather was the secretary, Rachel Noel acted as Treasurer and Students-Elmer Officer, Jefferson Thomas, Greg Brenan, Bernard Robinson, William Miller, King Harris and Al Lewis acting as Parliamentarians. The faculty and students worked hard during the academic year to established separate groups-The Afro-American Affairs Council and the Black Student Union. By the end of the academic year of 1969-70, there were two distinct groups yet pledged to work together on all issues related to African Americans on campus and within metropolitan Denver area. The name change occurred during the academic year of 1972-76, when Dr. Flemon and Dr. Thomas worked for the name change. After many discussions, the Afro-American Affairs Councils became The African American Affairs Council during the academic year of 1975-76. Dr. Ben Monroe was elected chair in 1996, Dr. Flemon was elected vice chair, Mrs. Skip Crownhart was treasurer, Dr. CJ White was secretary and Dr. Ronald Knights was parliamentarian. This group served until 2002, when Mrs. Tracey Peters was elected chair, Mr. Alton Clark was vice chair, and with Mrs. Skip Crownhart was treasurer with Dr. Flemon as secretary and parliamentarian. In 2004 Mr. Alton Clark assumed the chair’s position as Tracey resigned her position as chair for employment at a different college. Alton was elected as chair and Dr. Ronald Stephens was elected as Vice Chair until 2006. When he resigned the position, there was a gap in the vice chair’s position until 2007. Dr. Teresa Unseld was elected Vice Chair, and throughout her term Dr. Unseld has assisted in monumental changes within the organization. We have changed from having Chair to president and Vice President implemented a mentoring program. Alton Clark continues to be president and Winston Grady-Wills was elected to Vice president of the AAAC until 2016 when he resigned and the acting chair of African American Studies assumed the position of Vice president.