The Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at a forum in honor of  the 10th anniversary of the African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College, “Empowerment: Organizing as a Force.” Sharpton urged African-American students to recall the struggles their ancestors had faced: “What is worst is the children who came out of bondage and have gotten amnesia and forgotten what brought them across,” he said. “Unless we return back to our ethics and spirits that brought us across, history will record us as the worst ‘stiff necks’ who ever lived.”   The anniversary program also included a workshop on fundraising and a panel discussion on the future of black studies led by Professor Constance Berkley.     The Poughkeepsie Journal