Events

Events Calendar

Event History

The Academy hosts an annual Tribute and fundraising event. Since 2007, The Academy has invited the community to enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and to honor an African American community member whose contributions have supported Academy principles.

  • 1989

    The Academy begins

    The Academy begins
  • 1990 - 2006

    The Academy is housed at Kirkwood Community College

    The Academy is housed at Kirkwood Community College
  • 2002 - 2012

    Akwi Nji directs The Academy Summer Program

    Akwi Nji directs The Academy Summer Program
  • 2007

    First fundraiser "roasts" community icon Dr. Percy Harris

    First fundraiser
  • 2007

    The Academy expansion begins

    The Academy expansion begins
  • 2008

    The flood forces The Academy to relocate to Washington High School

  • 2008

    Honoree: Carter Bradshaw (Posthumously)

    Honoree: Carter Bradshaw (Posthumously)
  • 2009

    The Academy relocates to Mount Mercy University

  • 2009

    Honoree: Tom Moore

    Honoree: Tom Moore
  • 2010

    Honoree: Pearl Gill

    Honoree: Pearl Gill
  • 2011

    Honoree: Lileah Harris

    Honoree: Lileah Harris
  • 2012

    The Academy becomes a 501c3 non-profit agency

  • 2012 - 2015

    Carole Bernard becomes director

  • 2012

    Honoree: Slayton Thompson

    Honoree: Slayton Thompson
  • 2013

    Honoree: Rodrick Dooley​

    Honoree: Rodrick Dooley​
  • 2014

    The Academy celebrates 25 years and honors four Academy alums whose lives emulate Academy principles

  • 2014

    Honorees: Shamara Humbles, Todd Bernard, Chante' Thurmond, Karl Cassell

    Honorees: Shamara Humbles, Todd Bernard, Chante' Thurmond, Karl Cassell
  • 2015 - Present

    Eric Thompson becomes director

    Eric Thompson becomes director
  • 2015

    Honorees: Stefanie Bowers & Jason Edwards

    Honorees: Stefanie Bowers & Jason Edwards
  • 2016

    Honorees: Akwi Nji & Daniel Pledge-Johnson

    Honorees: Akwi Nji & Daniel Pledge-Johnson
  • 2017

    Honorees: LaSheila Yates, Anthony Arrington, Dr. Vincent Reid (Dr. Percy Harris Fellowship Award)

    Honorees: LaSheila Yates, Anthony Arrington, Dr. Vincent Reid (Dr. Percy Harris Fellowship Award)
  • 1989 - Present

    Travel to places rich in African American History is an integral part of our programming

    Travel to places rich in African American History is an integral part of our programming

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