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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"

Special Announcement

Congratulations to Our Trivia Tuesdays Winners!

Kaylah Muhammad

Kanijah Brickhouse

Brianna Wilson

OAAA Trivia Tuesday Answer (Tuesday, March 1)



“You don't have the right to hold somebody accountable for standards you refuse to apply to yourself.”



Steven A. Smith
(October 12, 2020 issue)



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Spring 2022 Academic Calendar

Dates Vary by school:  
(Go to Add/Drop/Withdrawal Dates)

Tuesday, May 3:  
Courses End



Quote of the Week

Spotlight on Student Achievements

For over 50 years, Mae’s Millinery (definition: "the art of hat-making") was a fixture in Philadelphia, a destination for women from up and down the East Coast in search of the perfect hat. Now Mae’s is once more a destination as part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s permanent collection. 

Mae Reeves was born Lula Mae Grant in Georgia in 1912.
She was accepted to teacher’s college at age 16 and spent her summers with family in Chicago where she studied at the Chicago School of Millinery. In 1934, as a young widow with a son to support, Mae left her teaching job and joined the Great Migration to Philadelphia, where her brother lived. She worked at a ladies' clothing store and began designing hats. In 1940, Mae secured a $500 loan from the black-owned Citizens and Southern Bank and opened her hat store at 1630 South Street—one of the first Center City businesses owned by an African-American woman. The shop also had living quarters in the back which meant Mae could send for her young son, William, who had been living with his grandmother in Georgia. 

Mae’s location was a savvy choice as it was only a block from the Royal Theater.
Major black entertainers would always stop to perform at this venue on their tours. Word spread and Mae’s Millinery attracted not only local women but well-known performers like Marian Anderson, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as socialites like the DuPonts and the Annenbergs. Buying a custom-made hat took some time.
There were sample hats to try on, as well as fabrics, feathers, jewels, and trim to consider. Customers sat at a table, sipping tea, champagne, or sherry, sharing ideas and suggestions. Socialites and entertainers looking for a big event hat chatted with schoolteachers and housekeepers who had saved up all year for an Easter hat. All these women were brought together by Mae’s creativity and sense of style. It was a rare thing in the segregated city. 

Mae’s Millinery was a success.
However, Mae did not want to raise her son in the honky-tonk atmosphere of South Street. She moved to West Philadelphia and opened Mae’s Millinery at 41 N. 60th St. Her customers followed, with socialites arriving in limousines and others on the nearby trolley. All were welcomed and shown not just hats, but hat pins, jeweled purses, perfumes, and jewelry that went with them. 

Mae’s custom hats were a hit.
Mae’s custom hats that brought women from New York to Virginia into her Philadelphia store. Mae became famous for her innovative turbans and her creative work with feathers. She and her daughter, Donna Limerick, traveled to New York and even Paris in search of materials, trims, and design ideas. Mae rose early and worked late into the night, steaming fabric on molds, shaping brims, and adding trims. She also presented fashion shows around Philadelphia, featuring her friends and customers in the latest hat styles. 

Hats began to go out of fashion in the late 1960s
They were gradually replaced by bouffant hair, afros, and elaborate braids, but they remained important to a generation of churchgoers. Mae’s Millinery stayed in business until 1997 when Mae retired at the age of 85. She insisted that her family leave the store locked and untouched so that she could come back and make more hats whenever she wanted. This is why it was there in 2010 when the Smithsonian came looking for artifacts of The Great Migration. Much of Mae’s Millinery has been preserved in its entirety in the African American Museum’s permanent collection as a "legacy of entrepreneurship and determination."

In 2010, Mae Reeves was honored by the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Nutter
The Mayor stated, "Mae Reeves' vision, initiative, and sheer determination in facing many odds to open her business and thrive in Philadelphia are qualities that are not only commendable but ones we seek from business owners today..."

Mae Reeves died in 2016 at the age of 104.
She left behind her three children, 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. She also left an indelible legacy of ambition, determination, creativity, and joy. 



Quote's Corner

About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Opportunites with Deadlines

UVA Global Internships SUMMER 2022 programs
VIRTUAL: [Applications due Tuesday, March 15]

Education Abroad and Global Studies are excited to be welcoming applications for our upcoming academic international internship programs. IN-PERSON: UVA in Dublin: Internship Placement Program (IPP) Global, UVA in Ghent: Global Internships in Education, Society, and Human Services (info session- 2/4 at 10am), and UVA in Morocco: Participatory Development in Practice (info session- 2/11 at 10:30am). VIRTUAL: UVA Virtual Global Internships (info session- 2/18 at 10am). WATCH: this 4-minute overview of the Summer 2022 programs. EXPLORE: full details about each unique program, including internship opportunities, courses, the Global Internship Scholarship, and application requirements, by visiting the above brochures on the Education Abroad website. READ: a Global Intern alumna’s reflections on the respective benefits of her in-person and virtual internships and a UVA Today article about 2021 Virtual Global Interns’ human rights internships. CONTACT: Ingrid Hakala, the director of UVA Global Internships, with inquiries and to introduce yourself.


Wake Forest's Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program
Deadline for Registration: Thursday, April 7 at 5:00 pm EST
Final Decision: Monday, April 11.
Event scheduled: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program - Accounting for the Future, an event sponsored by Deloitte, at the Wake Forest University School of Business. We invite underrepresented sophomores, juniors, and seniors from UVA to apply to participate in this year's event. Programming includes networking with partners from Deloitte, sessions to provide a deeper understanding of the functions within accounting, and several opportunities for participants to engage with the broader community of faculty, staff, and alumni from the School of Business, as well as Deloitte. Accounting for the Future participants who apply and are admitted to one of our Master of Science programs are guaranteed a minimum $15,000 scholarship, all expenses paid opportunity. Students can register for Accounting for the Future here. Due to Wake Forest's continued commitment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, event participants are required to meet all University protocols. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 48 hours of event) must be presented upon arrival to the event. Mask mandates may be in effect, regardless of vaccination status.

Apply to be a mentor for the 2022-2023 school year!
Deadline Extended!

Be a Big Sibling. Make a Big Difference. The Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP) are community-based mentoring programs that pair UVA undergraduate students with middle school students from the Charlottesville area. By combining one-on-one mentoring with group activities that address students’ sense of self, scholastic achievement, peer relationships, and healthy decision-making, YWLP & MLP help empower middle schoolers as leaders in their schools and communities. For More Information Contact Name: Sarah Jenkins

Full-time UVA Presidential Fellowship for 2022 Graduates
The Presidential Fellow is a full-time administrative position for a student who will receive an undergraduate degree from UVA in Spring 2022 or a person who has recently received a UVA undergraduate degree. As a staff member in the Office of the President, the Presidential Fellow works on initiatives related to the President’s current, highest priorities while carrying out other essential duties related to the activities of the President’s staff. The Presidential Fellow will conduct research, coordinate outreach and communications, and manage special projects as assigned by the President, Chief of Staff, and other members of the President’s Office team. The Presidential Fellow reports to the Special Advisor to the President for External Affairs. For More Information Contact Name: Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter


Bridging Admissions 2022-2023 Mentee Applications

Bridging Admissions is a free mentorship program available for underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students who are currently applying to medical school. BA is currently recruiting medical students to participate as virtual mentors for their program! This is a student-run organization that started at UCSF but has mentees and mentors from all over the country. Becoming a mentor for Bridging Admissions is a great way to give back and make a positive change in the medical community. Mentors are paired with pre-med students where they meet virtually and help them with applications, personal statements, secondaries, and interviews while providing support and encouragement along the way. The time commitment is what you make it - you work with your student to find a schedule that works for both of you. Your guidance can instill confidence in these future physicians and help create a more diverse and representative community of future doctors! We have many mentee applications and are currently looking to recruit more mentors. If you are interested in joining our mentorship team, you can Sign Up Here, or fill out this Google Doc:  You can find more information on our website.

Associate Community Organizer
Positions begins: Monday, May 9, and Monday, August 8, 2022

Starting salary $40,500/year + benefits. Positions open in: Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Manatee County, Miami, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa; Kansas: Lawrence, Wyandotte County, Johnson County; Kentucky: Lexington; South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia; Virginia: Charlottesville, Richmond; Lead Community Organizer / Executive Director positions begin Fall 2021 in: Florida: Brevard County, Sarasota; Kansas: Wyandotte County. DART organizations are diverse coalitions that include communities of color, low-to-moderate-income communities and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit or find us on Instagram and Facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact Moe or (602) 510-4658.

Ridley Scholarship Fund Awards Available to Non-Ridley Students Available
Ridley scholarships that extend beyond current scholars:
Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline for Fall 2022/Academic Year 2022-2023:
 March 15, 2022

Providing Talented Black Students with Financial Support for Study Abroad Experiences. The Keller Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all Black UVA students who qualify. Scholars are eligible to receive a one-time grant to supplement an approved study abroad experience. Multiple recipients may be named, with awards ranging up to $5,000 based on need and study abroad program costs. For general information about study abroad, and to identify and apply for a study abroad program, please visit UVA’s Education Abroad website or contact the International Studies Office at or (434) 982-3010. For more information. To apply.

This Week in Black History

Did you know? Traci Braxton died at the age of 50 from esophageal cancer. Traci Renee Braxton (April 2, 1971 – March 12, 2022) was an American singer, reality television personality, and radio personality. Braxton's solo debut album, Crash & Burn, was released in October 2014, preceded by the single "Last Call". "Last Call" peaked at number 16 on the US R&B Adult chart. "Crash & Burn" debuted at No. 108 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart with sales of 4,000 in its first week and reached No. 11 on the relaunched Billboard R&B Albums chart and at No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. In April 2018, she released the single "Broken Things" featuring her sisters Toni, Towanda and Trina. In August 2018, Traci Braxton released the song "Lifeline" as the official lead single from her second album, On Earth, which was released later that month. Braxton was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In 2011, Braxton reunited with her sisters for the WE TV reality show Braxton Family Values. The first season was the No. 1 rated reality show on WE TV, and the network ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode. In 2013, Braxton got her own radio show called The Traci Braxton Show on the BLIS.F.M. radio. In parallel to her singing career, she acted in films such as Sinners Wanted (2018), All In (2019) and The Christmas Lottery (2020).  In addition to her mother, father, brother, and sisters, she is survived by her husband, Kevin Surrat, their son, Kevin Surrat Jr., and Olivia (née Barron), and her grandson, Kevin Surrat, III.



Did you know? Voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer died on March 14, 1977. Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist who spent her career encouraging African-Americans to register to vote and to fight racial segregation, died of cancer in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, on March 14, 1977. Hamer was born on Oct. 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi, and was the youngest of 20 children. Her parents were sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta area. At the age of 12, she dropped out of school and helped her family on a plantation where they worked full time. In the summer of 1962, Hamer registered herself to vote and joined a group of civil rights activists to travel to a county courthouse in Indianola to encourage others to vote. The act led to her getting fired from her job, but it only gave her the freedom to make the fight for voting rights her commitment for the rest of her life. Hamer went on to help found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. She ran for Congress in Mississippi but did not win a seat. She also helped established the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971. Even after she was diagnosed with cancer in 1976, she continued to advocate for civil rights until her death in 1977.


OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Fridays
Every Friday - 1:30 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Conference Rm #2 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship!



OAAA Tutoring for Spring 2022
Dean Thomas for more information

OAAA tutors meeting dates & times via In-Person & Zoom

OAAA Calculus & Statistics Tutoring with Travis Elliott
Email to schedule individual virtual sessions

OAAA Chemistry Tutoring with Yvette Gamor
Mondays - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed.

OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring with Kamryn Crowder
Wednesdays – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed

OAAA Organic Chemistry Tutoring with Heran Tadesse
Thursdays – 4:30 pm-6:30 pm – (in person) W.E.B. DuBois Conference Room #2 Dawson’s Row
Email for Zoom appointments if needed



Contact: Dean Mason for more information on:

  • Black College Women (BCW) Book Club
  • Black Male Initiative (BMI)
  • Black President’s Council (BPC)
  • Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister

Upcoming Events

Mindfulness Meetups
Mondays (7:00 pm-8:00pm) and Fridays (10:00 am-11:00am)

Each semester CSC and UVA's Counseling and Psychological Services department (CAPS) host Student Mindfulness Meetups— groups of students who meet for one hour weekly to engage in mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive space with an experienced facilitator. Regularly practicing mindfulness—taking the time to intentionally focus on the present moment without judgment—can help students feel and function better. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vol


Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Program
Monday-Thursdays 6:30 am-8:30 am & Friday 6:30 am-7:30 am @ North Grounds Recreation Center, MP3

Our Ashtanga Yoga program and signature Mysore classes are led by Certified Instructor John Bultman. The goal of our program is to help people of all levels develop a sustainable yoga practice for greater health and well-being. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

T'ai Chi
Every Tuesday (Now - Tue. May 3, 2022) -12:00 pm-1:00 pm

This class, co-sponsored with Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI), will cover the basics of T'ai Chi, a martial art characterized by soft, slow flowing movements of the torso and arms coordinated with weight shifts and steps. T'ai Chi emphasizes relaxation and is a form of meditation in motion that improves balance, muscle tone, and promotes stress reduction. Instructor: Hiromi Johnson for more information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Yoga for Life
Every Wednesday (Now - Wed. Apr 27, 2022) - 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Yoga can be practiced anytime, anywhere, by anybody. Discover how these ancient techniques can help you develop a deep type of listening — to your body, to your emotions, to your mind, and to others — that will help you to transform your life now and as long as you continue to practice. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Santosha for Sisters
Every Thursday (Now-Thu. Apr 28, 2022) - 7:30 pm-8:30 pm

This weekly Thursday evening class is part of CSC's Flourishing While Black program and is specifically designed for Black women and women-identifying students looking for an affinity space to flourish by using contemplative practices. Each class includes beginner yoga flow, guided meditation, and an opportunity for reflective discussion. All levels and experiences are welcome so please come as you are. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Ashtanga Yoga: Counted Led Primary Series
Every Friday (Now - Fri. Apr 29, 2022) - 7:30 am-9:00 am

Our Ashtanga Yoga program and signature Mysore classes are led by Certified Instructor John Bultman. The goal of our program is to help people of all levels develop a sustainable yoga practice for greater health and well-being. For More Information. Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Spring Yoga Book Club: Historic Roots of Yoga Practice
Every Fridays (Now-Fri. April 22) – 9:00 am-9:50 am (Except for March 4 & March 11)

Join our Spring Yoga Book Club—created for anyone interested in learning more about the history of yoga. The club meets virtually. This season, Ashtanga Yoga Program Manager John Bultman will facilitate discussion of two books: (1) Yoga Dharma, an introduction to the roots of yoga practice by Hamish Hendry, and (2) Hatha (Yoga) Pradipika, an important classical yoga text, authored by Svatmarama and translated by Brian Dana Akers. Once registered for the Spring Yoga Book Club, feel free to join drop-in for any of the discussions. For More Information Contact Name: Kimberly Vo

Around the Charlottesville Area Community
The Alzheimer's Association

Wednesday, March 16 at 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Zoom

The Alzheimer's Association would like to invite you and the community to join us for an educational opportunity to learn more about the 10 Warning Signs. Currently, there are over 150,000 persons in Virginia with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's. African Americans are twice as likely than Caucasians to develop Alzheimer's. It's very important to seek a diagnosis as early as possible and knowing the 10 signs is the first step in recognizing memory concerns in someone you care about. Join us for this free event. Registration is required to receive the link.