OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter
The Office of African-American Affairs Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students
"Young, Gifted & Black:
40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"
OAAA E-Weekly September 5, 2017
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Monday, September 4 – Classes are in session
Tuesday, September 5 – Last day to ADD a course in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information
Wednesday, September 6 – Last day to DROP a course without Penalty (course removed from transcript) in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information visit
Monday, September 18 – Deadline when students must enroll in or waive their right to individual health insurance coverage - For information visit
Friday, September 22 – Deadline when students can appeal the decision if a health insurance waiver is denied. For information visit
Saturday, September 30 throughTuesday, October 3 – Reading Days (no classes)
Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 -- Cornerstone Bicentennial Weekend
Quote of the Week
“There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.” Ernest J. Gaines (1933- ) interview with John O'Brien in African American Writers (1991)
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Cameron Stokes is a third year student in the Curry School of Education from Portsmouth, VA, who is double majoring in Youth & Social Innovation and Psychology. He brings a positive energy and enthusiasm to all of his UVA activities. This Portsmouth, VA native is a 2017 fellow in the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership and is the current Orientation and Bonding co-chair for the OAAA Peer Advisor Program. Cameron is also a member of the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., a Big Brother in the Mens Leadership Program and active with the Black Student Alliance. After graduation, Cameron hopes to pursue a career in counseling or educational policy reform.
You can nominate an exceptional student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight on Student Achievements. Please send your nominations to:
Dean Patrice Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Ernest James Gaines, born January 15, 1933, is an African-American author best known for his works, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and A Lesson Before Dying. His novels have received numerous awards. Born in poverty to a Louisiana sharecropping family, he earned a degree in literature from San Francisco State University. After spending two years in the Army, he won a writing fellowship to Stanford University. From 1981 until retiring in 2004, Gaines was a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was established as an international center for scholarship. Gaines was inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. In 2013 he returned to his Louisiana roots to build a home on part of the old plantation where he was raised.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
American blues, jazz, gospel vocalist and actress Ethel Waters died on September 1, 1977. Waters was born on October 31, 1896, in Chester Pennsylvania. She started her career in the 1920s, singing blues and performing jazz, big band & pop music, both on the Broadway stage and in concerts. Her best-known recordings include "Dinah," "Stormy Weather," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Heat Wave," " Supper Time," "Am I Blue?" and "Cabin in the Sky," as well as her version of the spiritual "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." Waters was the second African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1962. She is also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award. Recordings of Ethel Waters were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings that have "qualitative or historical significance."
American actor and hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996. Shakur’s albums have sold more than 38 million copies in the USA alone. Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 in New York City, grew up primarily in Harlem, and moved with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, before finally settling in Oakland, California. His first musical breakthrough came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground. In that same year, he received individual recognition for his album 2Pacalypse Now. His acting career began with an appearance on the television series A Different World (1987), before his feature film debut in Juice (1992), Poetic Justice (1993), and Gridlock'd. In a 2005 Rolling Stones Magazine poll, Tupac was named #6 of the '100 immortal artists of all time.' He is also the first rap/hip-hop artist in history to have a wax model of himself be placed in Madamme Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas, NV.
Civil Rights Leader Bantu Stephen Biko died of severe head trauma on the stone floor of a prison cell in Pretoria, South Africa on September 12, 1977. Biko born December 18, 1946 in King William's Town, South Africa, was the most influential anti-apartheid leader of the 1970s. Six days before his death, Biko had suffered a major blow to his skull during a police interrogation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Instead of receiving medical attention, he was chained spread-eagled to a window grill for 24 hours. On September 11, he was dumped, naked and shackled, on the floor of a police vehicle and driven 740 miles to Pretoria Central Prison. He died the next day. In announcing his death, South African authorities claimed Biko died after refusing food and water for a week in a hunger strike.
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