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Amistad Commission Members
Cesar A. Perales – New York Secretary of State
John P. King – Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department
Nancy L. Zimpher – Chancellor, State University of New York
Nuriyah Angela Marie Boné-Owens
Julius D. Edwards
Sylvia Wong Lewis
Robert V. Lloyd
Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq.
Mary Theresa Streck
Amistad Commission Subcommittees
Website Re-Design. Focused on website re-design, this Amistad Commission Subcommittee will create a robust and user-friendly interface and provide content which explains the rationale for the formation and work of the Commission and links to information and resources e.g.. SUNY, NYSED, and other sources which can provide the public and educators with the resources needed to understand and place in context American slavery, African American History and its broad significance for our culture, history and society:
Subcommittee Liaison: Lazaro Benitez
Sylvia Wong Lewis, Chair
Jonathan Cornue, Co-chair
Mary Theresa Streck, Co-chair
Educational and Cultural Resources: The Educational and Cultural Resources Subcommittee will contribute to developing a “cultural tourism map” by identifying historic sites throughout the state, coordinate links with other NYS entities; and further develop a list of resources, including libraries, museums, galleries, exhibits, events, historic places, educational entities; and assist in drafting a list of experts and thought leaders able to assist the commission. To the greatest extent practicable, resource listings will be developed for all regions of the State.
Subcommittee Liaison: Casey Jakubowski
David Byer-Tyre, Chair
Robert Lloyd, Co-chair
Nuriyah Boné-Owens, Co-chair
Educator Input. The Educator Input Subcommittee will seek education professionals’ input regarding “Best Practices” for teaching about slavery; review sample Lesson Plans/Units on Slavery; develop list of books about slavery for grades K-12 and related American and African-American history topics; Survey what is currently available in schools and Report what is needed to support Amistad Commission’s mission.
Subcommittee Liaison: Tamu Chambers
Jonathan Cornue, Chair,
Harold Bellinger, Co-chair
Lisa Catalfamo, Co-chair
Sylvia Lewis, Co-chair