Africana Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA

Date: October 18 to October 20, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Sponsor: Africana Center, Tufts Black Alumni Association

Cost: Various - see pricing on registration form

Graphic for Africana Center 50th Anniversary

Since 1969, the Africana Center has stood as a beacon for students of African descent—and for all students at Tufts. More than a place, it’s a supportive community where students are encouraged to come together, access resources, develop their talents, and strive to be their best.

We invite you to join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration during Homecoming Weekend, October 18–20, and remember the difference the Africana Center has made for you. You'll reconnect with old friends, meet some new ones, and help us build a stronger and more connected Black Alumni Association.

Program Highlights

  • Friday: Register, reunite, and view a historical timeline of the Africana Center legacy while listening to the styling of the Joel LaRue Smith Quartet at the Welcome Reception. Events run from 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday: Continue the celebration at the fourth annual Homecoming Tailgate, hosted by the Tufts Black Alumni Association. Events run from 10:30am-4pm
  • Saturday evening: Come dressed in your best Wakandan wares and showcase the regality of black pride at the Tuftonian Wakanda Gala at Gifford House, the President’s residence. Events run from 7pm-1:30am
  • Sunday: Close out the weekend with a celebration of black spirituality, music, and culture followed by a jazz brunch. Events run from 10am-1pm

Leadership Giving: 50 for the 50th
The Tufts Black Alumni Association is leading a special fundraising campaign in honor of the Africana Center’s 50th Anniversary. The goal is for 50 donors to contribute $1,000 or more to support the mission of the Africana Center. Every donor at this level will receive a VIP ticket for the 50th celebration. Please contact Sean Devendorf, senior director of annual giving, at or 617-627-5335, for more information or click here to be contacted.

Gifts of all sizes are appreciated in support of the Africana Center. You can add a gift to your event registration, or click here to give if you cannot attend.