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 October 4, 2017
Fall Break Edition
Monday, October 16th is the last day to register to vote in the VA gubernational election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Pick up a voter registration form at the front desk of OAAA or visit: http://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/index.html for details.
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 – UVA Cornerstone Bicentennial Weekend
Tuesday, October 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (Use SIS)
Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 – Family Weekend
Monday, November 6 - Friday, December 15 - Students Apply in SIS for May 2018 Graduation
Tuesday, November 14 - Last Day to Withdraw from the University & Return for Spring 2018
Wednesday November 22 – Sunday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume
Tuesday, December 5 - Classes End
Wednesday, December 6 - Reading Day
Thursday, December 7 - Friday, December 15 - Course Examinations
Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13 - Reading Days
Quote of the Week
"Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that's the foundation for everything great." - Jay-Z
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Ronald Lipscomb Jr. is a Third-year student majoring in African- American Studies, with a minor in Bioethics. This South Boston, VA native is also pursuing the pre-med track. At UVA, he is a Student Ambassador at the Rotunda, where he greets and assists local, national and international visitors to the Lawn. He is also the publicity chair for the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and manages publicity for the ReMix A Cappella group. Ron is well known for his musical talents across Grounds and is an active member of the Black Voices Gospel Choir. In the community, Ron mentors black males in local schools, as a member of the Collegiate 100 Society, and also is a junior volunteer with the Sentara Halifax Regional Health care System.
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 (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Rapper Jay-Z was born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003)—among The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As an artist, Jay-Z holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Jay-Z owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. He is married to singer and actress, Beyoncé (2008); they have three children: Blue Ivy, and twins Sir and Rumi.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall sworn in as the first Black Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. As chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1940s and 1950s, Marshall was the architect and executor of the legal strategy that ended an era of legal racial segregation. Born in 1908, Marshall graduated from Lincoln University (PA) and was rejected from the University of Maryland Law School because of race. Eventually, he was accepted at Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. At Howard, he studied under the tutelage of civil liberties lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston, and in 1933, graduated first in his class. In 1936, he joined the legal division of the NAACP, of which Houston was director, and two years later succeeded his mentor in the organization’s top legal post.
Hubert Brown, known as H. Rap Brown was born on October 4, 1943, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to parents who were committed social activists. While a student at Southern University (LA), he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), rising through the ranks to become its national director in 1966. His rhetorical eloquence earned him the name H. "Rap" Brown. But Brown soon grew disillusioned with SNCC's philosophy of nonviolence and he started promoting more extremist views. He joined the Black Panther Party, became associated with the phrase "Burn, Baby, Burn," and declared violence a tool for Blacks that was "as American as cherry pie." Brown later converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, while serving a prison sentence for robbery. He was imprisoned several times. In 2009, he received a life sentence for the shooting death of a police officer in an Atlanta grocery store.
In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members, including establishing the Free Breakfast for Children Programs and community health clinics. The history of the organization is controversial. Some scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential movement organization of the late 1960s, and "the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism." Other commentators have described the Party as more criminal than political, characterized by "defiant posturing over substance."
OAAA Announcements & Services
Black Friday - FRIDAYS 1:30 pm
LPJ Cultural Center #2 Dawson’s Row