25 Years at The Center - The Story of the AACRC

For 25 years, the African American Cultural & Resource Center has played an integral role on campus supporting the black student community. This panel discussion features prominent individuals who helped bring The Center to fruition as well as those currently involved in continuing its legacy of excellence. Inspired by two historically significant oral history collections recently digitized for use by the University of Cincinnati community and housed in the College of Arts and Sciences as part of a partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center (the Adeline Harris Collection and the Cincinnati Working Women’s Collection), this discussion will be a part of a full video production that will be filmed, produced and archived as a piece of UC’s rich history and for use as a tool for research and discovery.

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Harlan Jackson Bus ’89
An alumnus instrumental in founding the AACRC while a student

Harlan JacksonPersonal
Harlan Jackson is from Cleveland, Ohio, home of the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. His parents, Nathaniel and Wilhelmenia Jackson, raised Harlan along with his two older siblings Jada and Eric.

In 1985 Harlan entered the University of Cincinnati School of Business and graduated in 1989 with a Double Major in Marketing & Finance and Minor in African American Studies. He continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business where he earned his MBA with a concentration on Marketing & Operations.

While in Pittsburgh Harlan married Bonnie, his wife of 24 years. Harlan and Bonnie currently live in the greater Cincinnati area. Their son Devon is Junior at UC, and their Daughter Charlotte is Sophomore at Lake Forest College, Chicago.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati Mr. Jackson began his career at Procter & Gamble where he led strategic planning with customers and brands during his nineteen-year career at P&G. He later served as Vice President of Business Development for Corporate College in the Greater Cleveland area prior to joining YourEncore where he leads the Global P&G business. Harlan has more than 28 years of experience as a business development Leader and Executive across the Consumer Goods and Management Consulting industries.

Harlan specializes in business strategic planning, customer business development, and diverse team leadership. Harlan is recognized as a leader who delivers consistent and strong business results. He leverages both proven and innovative solutions, along with excellent execution to drive profitable business growth. Harlan has a track record of building highly effective organizations that develop and leverage core competencies required to drive business results.

Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie A&S ’87
Former Director of the AACRC

Dr. P. Eric AbercrumbieP. Eric Abercrumbie currently serves as The Executive Director for Special Initiatives and Community Relations for The Student Affairs Division at the University of Cincinnati. Also, he serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

He is a former board member of the Cincinnati Human Relations Committee.

This native of Falmouth, Kentucky graduated from Covington Holmes High School in 1966, received his B.A. in Sociology and his M.A. in Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program from the University of Cincinnati. His academic and professional expertise is focused on issues concerning Black males in America. Dr. Abercrumbie is highly recognized in his work with cultural diversity. He has served as a racial/human relation’s consultant to corporations, community groups, and educational systems.

Dr. Abercrumbie’s is the originator of The Black Man Think Tank, a program for which he has received national acclaim and a program where he was presented the Key to the City of Cincinnati by former mayor Mayor Dwight Tillery. He has received many community service awards such as the one that he recently received from the I hear Music In the Air foundation for his outstanding contributions. Also, Dr. Abercrumbie has received the key to the city of Davenport, Iowa and the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association Mosaic Award for his outstanding contributions in the area of diversity.

Dr. Abercrumbie previously served as President of the John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education on Predominantly White Campuses and is an author for a chapter in their first book titled, Our Stories: The Experiences of Black Professionals on Predominately White Campuses. Dr. Abercrumbie has been inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. However, the epitome of his career service was recognized as he received the very prestigious Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award presented by Morehouse College.

In November of 2013. Dr. Abercrumbie received the Dr. Fred L. Hord Legends and Legacies Award for Outstanding Accomplishments, Achievements, Leadership and Scholarship from the National Association of Black Cultural Centers. Also during the months of march and April 2014, he received the Collective Empowerment Group, inc. Ambassador of the Year Award, the Envision Children, inc. Lighting the Way Award and the University of Cincinnati Office of Ethnic Programs and services Darwin T. Turner Scholar’s program and Services Blazing Spirit Award.

On Novermber 15, 2014, Dr. Abercrumbie was recognized for his accomplishments in education as he was inducted into the very prestigious MEN OF HONOR SOCIETY which provides A Salute to Outstanding African American Men in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Dr. Abercrumbie is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He is married to Claudia Abercrumbie and has a daughter, Erica, and a son, Paul.

Dr. Anthony Perzigian
Former VP of Academic Affairs and Provost at UC and former chair of the AACRC feasibility committee

Dr. Anthony PerzigianAfter 40 years of distinguished teaching, research, and service to the University of Cincinnati, Anthony J. Perzigian retired effective September 2011. Always ahead of everyone's expectations, Tony did not really retire as much as change his academic address, having commenced his current appointment as Adviser to the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Future University in Egypt.

But back to the neo-terrific, as his now-retired colleagues Profs Joe Foster and Barry Isaac would say. When the vast majority of current Anthropology faculty would not be born for at least another decade, Tony already had assumed his position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology in 1970. Armed with a freshly minted PhD in anthropology from Indiana University, Tony began teaching a suite of physical anthropology, osteology, and forensics courses, previously unavailable to the university community. A legendary instructor, Tony taught thousands of students the meaning of evolutionary theory, shared with them the latest exciting discoveries in human paleontology, and inspired them to think rationally about the crucial difference between biological and cultural conceptions of race. Importantly, Tony's highly regarded publications on the epidemiology of dental variation, the paleobiology of pathological responses to dietary shifts, and the osteological foundations of forensic science continue to influence sustained research in these areas nationwide.

After securing tenure, serving as Acting Head of Anthropology, being promoted to Professor, and earning induction as a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology ("No. 34") by the mid-1980s, Tony struck out on out on a new academic path. He was appointed Associate Dean of A&S in 1987, a position he held until 1991 (simultaneously serving as Head of African-American Studies from 1989-1991), when he assumed the position of Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. Tony's initial administrative appointment as Vice Provost was followed, in rapid succession, by several others, including Interim Provost I (1993-1996), Interim Athletic Director (1997), then Interim Provost II (1998-2000), until (finally) he was selected as Provost in 2000. Most importantly, under his leadership as Provost between 2000 and 2010, UC was transformed academically and organizationally into the world-class institution it is today.

A tireless advocate of the importance of anthropology to the modern world, Tony never passed up an opportunity to remind his audience - be it high-schoolers or the Board of Trustees - of the value of evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives in appreciating the origins and significance of global human variation. Unquestionably, the university and the entire Cincinnati community have been enriched by Tony's academic philosophy -- advance scientific understandings of the human condition and promote institutional change for the benefit of all stakeholders in higher education. Less broadly appreciated is Tony's unrelenting commitment to the recruitment and retention of junior faculty. As he sees it, the expansion of learning opportunities, the engagement of the institution with the community, and the likelihood of achieving the goals of the university's missions, all depend on continually refreshing, diversifying, and expanding the faculty. The vibrant intellectual community we enjoy today, particularly in A&S, is a testament to his forward thinking in this area of academic affairs.

In addition to his achievements as a researcher, faculty member, and administrator, Tony has a well-earned reputation for getting into trouble as an "innocent man." Perhaps the most famous incident involved Tony trying to explain, to an incredulous Ohio state trooper who had already radioed for back up, what he was doing with a human skull! Ironically, Tony was involved for decades as an expert in human forensics for the State of Ohio and the Hamilton County Coroner's Office - so, you never really wanted to look too closely at those boxes jiggling around in the back seat of his car.

Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins Bus ’02, ’06
Current Director of the AACRC

Ewaniki Moore-HawkinsEwaniki Moore-Hawkins has over fourteen years of experience in the fields of Higher Education & Event Management. She is the Director of the African American Cultural & Resource Center, the office that aids Black students to increase retention and matriculation through programs & services at the University of Cincinnati. Ewaniki is responsible for empowering her student constituency in the areas of leadership, academic, personal and cultural development. Ewaniki has received honors such as a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber We Succeed Graduate 2015; YWCA Rising Star 2013; Kappa Alpha Psi Inc, Beta Eta Chapter Black Girls Rock Recipient 2012; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Alpha Alpha Chapter Martin Luther King Jr. Award of Excellence 2010; Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Outstanding Alumni Award; Applause Magazine’s Reach for the Stars Award 2007; Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy Community Service Award and United Black Student Association Faculty/Staff Award. Most recently, she received the Tower of Strength Award at the 2017 Onyx & Ruby Gala.

Ewaniki also serves as the Director of Operations of The Abercrumbie Group, who creates and manages signature events to fill unmet needs in the community and help their partners meet their business objectives. She has also created two other business: Purposed Filled Planners, Ltd., and co-founded Soul Palette, a customizable paint party business with her husband.

Ewaniki received her BBA (2002) and MBA (2006) from the Lindner College of Business. She is married and has two daughters

Nyirah Jackson
Current student, class of 2018

Nyirah JacksonNyirah Jackson is from Dayton, Ohio she is a third year studying Political Science. She is the Co-President of the United Black Student Association, as well as a former Senator- at- Large in UC’s Student Government, and formerly a Resident Advisor in Turner Hall. She is also a member of The Lambda Society, the only black women honorary on the University of Cincinnati’s campus that is dedicated to Service, Womanhood, Unity and Justice. She aspires to change the world through her own practices, because in her opinion leaders lead by example. She hopes to inspire those around her to find what they are passionate about and to stick with it until the end!


Moderated by Justin Gibson Bus ’05, Associate Director of Diversity Outreach and Engagement, University of Cincinnati Alumni Association

A reception with hors d’oeuvres will precede the panel discussion. For filming purposes, please be in your seats no later than 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 20
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Tangeman University Center, Great Hall
2766 UC MainStreet
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Hourly parking is available in Campus Green and Calhoun Street garages.


This event is complimentary; however, advanced registration is requested by March 15. 


Juliana Sinclair Saneholtz
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