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 18, 2017
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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 through Tuesday, October 3 – Reading Days (no classes)
Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 -- 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
“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Destini Walker is a third year from Richmond, VA who is double majoring in African & African-American Studies and History. After graduation, she would like to enter the field of public policy. She is passionate about sharing her experiences – and love of UVA sports -- with others. As an OAAA Peer Advisor Executive Committee member, and this year’s Raising-the-Bar (RTB) Coordinator for the GradSTAR program, she manages the peer support and tutoring effort for undergraduate students. Destini has developed great organizational and collaborative skills through her involvement in many programs across Grounds. In summer 2017, she was a UVA Orientation Leader, welcoming the incoming class of 2021. She is also a member of Black Student Alliance and its special events committee, and a dedicated member of the Hoo Crew. In the community, Destini is a mentor for Early Visions at the Fralin Museum, where she engages with students from the local Boys & Girls Club. Stop by RTB on Monday through Thursday nights in the LPJ Cultural Center on Dawson’s Row – and you might see her advising first-years!
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.
Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., born on October 8, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina, is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, author, and politician. In 1984, he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the second African-American to run for the U.S. presidency; Shirley Chisholm preceded him. Jackson placed third in the Democratic primary voting and garnered 3.5 million votes. From 1991 to 1997, he served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia. Jackson is also the founder of the Chicago-based organization, People United to Save Humanity, also known as Operation PUSH, that advocated Black self-help. In 1984, Jackson established the National Rainbow Coalition, whose mission was to establish equal rights for African-Americans, women and homosexuals. The two organizations merged in 1996 to form the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000. After being appointed special envoy to Africa, he was awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom. That same year he received a Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. His recent appearance at UVA in Old Cabell Hall was the first of a series of visits to college campuses across Virginia to encourage eligible college students to register and vote in November 2017 in their local communities.
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This Week in Black History
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born January 29, 1942) is a Cuban military officer, legislator and was the first person of African heritage in space aboard the Soyuz 38 that was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on September 18, 1980, As a Soyuz 38 crew member, he became the first Cuban citizen, the first Latin American, and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere, other than the United States, to travel into Earth orbit. In 1978, he was selected to join the Intercosmos program and moved to the Star City in Russia for his training as a cosmonaut. Following his time in the Intercosmos program, Tamayo became Director of the Military Patriotic Educational Society known as Sociedad de Educación Patriótico-Militar "SEPMI". Since 1980, he has been a Deputy in the Cuban National Assembly, representing his home region of Guantánamo Province. He was awarded the titles of Hero of the Republic of Cuba and the Order of Playa Girón. He also is a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. His space suit is preserved at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.
Norma Holloway Johnson died this week (July 28, 1932 – September 18, 2011). She was a United States federal judge, and the first African-American woman to serve as a US District Court Chief Judge. She received a B.S. from District of Columbia Teachers College in 1955 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1962. She had a private practice in Washington, D.C., before becoming a trial attorney of the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and an assistant corporate counsel in Washington, D.C. Johnson was also a judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1970 to 1980 and nominated by President Jimmy Carter on February 28, 1980, to fill a seat vacated by George L. Hart. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 9, 1980, and received commission on May 12, 1980. Judge Johnson, who also presided over the grand jury investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, died in Lake Charles, La., after a stroke.
On this day September 22 in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which set a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States. This act also recast the Civil War as a fight against slavery. Lincoln, following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam, announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion would be freed within 100 days. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army; 18,000 other served in the navy. The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, prompting President Lincoln to lobby for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery in the USA was outlawed. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
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