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 30, 2017
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
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” - Frederick Douglass (Speech on the twenty-fourth Anniversary of Emancipation in Washington. D.C.)
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Ibrahim Muhammad, is a Second-year student from Philadelphia, PA, and the newest student office worker at OAAA. He intends to major in African-American Studies and Drama, and is involved in a variety of activities across Grounds. As the Community Service Chair for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Ibrahim coordinates and supervises service opportunities. He is also the Model and Clothing Chair for Fashion for a Cause, and is the Scholarship Chair for the National-Panhellenic Council. His career goal is to become a screenwriter/ director and use that platform to help diffuse the many stereotypes used to depict African-Americans on screen. Welcome to the OAAA Staff, Ibrahim!
You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight each week. Please send your nominations to:
Dean Patrice Grimes (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Frederick Douglass (1818-95) was a prominent African-American abolitionist, author, orator and social reformer. Born a slave, Douglass escaped at age 20 and became a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. His three autobiographies are important works of the slave narrative tradition, as well as classics of American autobiography. Douglass’ work as a reformer ranged from his abolitionist activities in the early 1840s to his attacks on Jim Crow practices and lynching in the 1890s. For 16 years, he edited an influential black newspaper and achieved international fame as an inspiring and persuasive speaker and writer. In thousands of speeches and editorials, he criticized slavery, racism and gave voice to millions of African-Americans. His famous 1852 speech, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, presents one the earliest arguments that contrasts American ideals with the realities of inequality for the enslaved. He died in 1895 of a massive heart attack and is buried in Rochester, NY. In 2017, the US Mint began issuing quarters with his image on one side in its America the Beautiful coin series.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
On November 2, 1954, Charles C. Diggs, Jr. became the first African-American politician to be elected to Congress from the state of Michigan at age 31. Despite his reserved demeanor, Diggs served as an ardent supporter of civil rights and an impassioned advocate of increased U.S. aid to Africa. As a principal architect of home rule for the District of Columbia and the driving force behind the formation of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Diggs crafted a national legacy during his 25 years in the House of Representatives. He later won the general election to the 84th Congress and was subsequently re-elected to the next twelve Congressional terms. He died of a stroke in 1998 and is buried in Warren, Michigan.
A historical marker was dedicated on November 2, 2015, to Samuel D. Burris, a free Black man (b. circa 1808) in Delaware, who helped slaves escape almost 170 years ago. In 1845, Burris, started helping slaves escape in Delaware and Maryland. After a series of successes, he was caught in June 1847and spent almost a year in jail before his trial. He was convicted on two of three charges but the intervention of abolitionists (who bought Burris) saved him from being killed. Eventually, Burns followed the Gold Rush to California and died in San Francisco (circa 1863-1869). Eventually, he was pardoned by Gov. Jack Markell.
November 5, 1968 - Shirley Chisholm was elected to Congress. This African-American politician, educator, and author represented New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. Chisholm began her professional career as a teacher. She served as director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center until the late 1950s, then was an educational consultant for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare. In Congress, she worked on the Education and Labor Committee and helped form the Congressional Black Caucus. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Chisholm died on January 1, 2005.
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