Aukram Burton

Aukram became the Executive Director at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) in 2015. KCAAH's goals are to enhance the public's knowledge about African Americans' history, heritage, cultural contributions in Kentucky, and African Diaspora. In addition to its commitment to preserving the past's traditions and accomplishments, the Center is a vital, contemporary institution, providing space for exhibitions and performances of all types. A video interview with Aukram about the center can be viewed here.


Earlier he worked as the Diversity and Multicultural Education Specialist in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs for the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Department offers professional development designed to assist classified and certified staff in acquiring knowledge about culture and diversity. The focus is on preparing teachers to change how they view students and their cultures.


In 2012 Aukram Burton, specialist in JCPS' Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs received the 2012 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator Award during the 22nd Annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The selection was based on his long-time work and contributions in the field of Multicultural Education for over 30 years, and in particular his innovative work with the Jefferson County Public Schools


Aukram's work as a media artist and producer focuses explicitly on Africa and the African Diaspora, illuminating Africa's descendants' common origin. For over four decades, he has documented people, places, and events in Barbados, Brazil, Benin, China, Cuba, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, South Africa, Tibet, and many places throughout the United States. His work amplifies the concept that Africa is connected directly to the African Diaspora, formed by a historical continuum of voluntary and involuntary movements by Africans and their descendants. (Pictured right at Cape Coast in Ghana)


Aukram creates images that seek to affirm and reaffirm cultural identity and shared experiences reflected in music, dance, iconography, regalia, cuisine, and spiritual practices inherent in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. He is currently working on his book titled Journeys in the African Diaspora. [12-20] 



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