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 23, 2017
Rita Dove is the recipient of the 2017 Literary Award for Poetry for her book Collected Poems: 1974–2004, described as “three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language.” A past Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where she has been teaching since 1989. She served as U.S. Poet Laureate (1993–1995) and Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004–2006). She has received numerous literary and academic honors, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, a National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, and a National Medal of Arts from President Obama. She has 25 honorary doctorates to her credit, most recently from Yale University. We are proud that she is a part of the UVA community!
Mark Your Calendar
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
On Black Beauty: "These hips have never been enslaved, they go where they want to go; they do what they want to do. These hips are mighty hips. These hips are magic hips." -Lucille Clifton (Homage To My Hips)
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Aya Eltahir, an Alexandria, Virginia native, is a Third Year African and African-American Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This academic year, she is a student worker in the Office of African-American Affairs. On Grounds, Aya is an active member of the acapella group ReMix, Vice President of the University chapter of the NAACP, and the writing director of the Black Monologues, an annual student theatre production. Aya is very passionate about bringing attention to the disproportionate number of black men and women within the US prison systems. In the future, she plans to develop a non-profit organization to support children of incarcerated parents and guardians.
Lucille Clifton, an American poet, writer, and educator, was born Thelma Lucille Sayles, on June 27, 1936 in Depew, New York. Her first poetry collection, Good Times, was published in 1969 and was listed by The New York Times as one of that year's ten best books. Clifton served as the poet-in-residence at Coppin State College, the Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland, and was a visiting writer at the Columbia University School of the Arts and George Washington University. In 1988, Clifton became the first author to have two books of poetry nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2007, she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize that honors a living U.S. poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition." Clifton on died February 13, 2010.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
October 24, 2005 – The “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement” died. Rosa Parks was an African-American woman born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913. She is best known for her stance against racial segregation on public buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s. Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man and was arrested, charged, and convicted of civil disobedience. She spent most of her life fighting for desegregation, voting rights, and was active in the Civil Rights movement that has shaped 20th century social code in the Unites States. In 2004, Rosa was diagnosed with progressive dementia and died the following year on October 24, 2005.
October 26, 1952 - Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, passed away on this date. The Oscar winner won for her role as the Mammy in the 1939 classic film, Gone with the Wind. In addition to appearing on the big screen, McDaniel was also a singer/songwriter, comedian, and radio performer. She is credited with being the first black woman to sing on the radio in the U.S.
October 27, 1960 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was released from the Reidsville, Georgia, prison on this day. He was arrested for a civil rights demonstration in Georgia, and then sentenced to prison because of an earlier case. Word reached Democratic Party presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, who then called King’s wife, Coretta Scott King. Kennedy expressed his sympathy for her husband’s imprisonment, but promised no further legal intervention. However, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (JFK’s brother) called both the Governor of Georgia and the presiding judge; many think this led to King’s immediate release from jail.
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