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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"

Special Announcement

The physical Offices of African-American Affairs located at Dawson’s Row #2, #3, & #4 are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but we are still here for you! The Deans are available to meet with you via telephone or virtually. Please contact Ms. Carter to make your appointment with Dean Bassett (1st years), Dean Grimes (2nd years), Dean Mason (3rd years) and Dean Apprey (4th years).  


A Message of Thanks from UVA President Jim Ryan – March 23, 2020



Emergency Financial Aid & Basic Needs Assistance

ODOS has compiled a set of resources for students during these challenging times. It includes: support for non-travel aid, emergency travel (, technical assistance for online instruction (, honor loans (, and food related concerns (




Tuesday, April 28 – Courses end

Each week until the end of the semester: Check out OAAA E-Weekly for information & updates

Quote of the Week

The secret of life is to have no fear; it’s the only way to function.” – Stokely Carmichael

Stephney Tucker

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Stephney Tucker is a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences from Danville, VA. Her intended major(s) are African & African American Studies and Political Philosophy, Policy, & Law. On Grounds, she is a Peer Advisor through the Office of African American Affairs Peer Advisor Program, serves as a UAA Scholar mentor, and is on the finance committee of the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association. Stephney is also an active volunteer through Madison House, and the Rise Together program at Leslie H. Walton Middle school, where she tutors and mentors students grades 6-8. Her plans after graduation include attending law school and entering the field of crisis management.

You can nominate someone (not yourself) to be in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.

Quote's Corner

Kwame Ture, born Stokely Standiford Churchill Carmichael (June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998), was a prominent Caribbean-American organizer in the civil rights movement in the United States and the global Pan-African movement. Born in Trinidad, he grew up in the United States from the age of 11 and became an activist while attending Howard University. He developed the Black Power movement, first while leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later serving as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and then as a leader of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).  Carmichael was one of the original SNCC freedom riders of 1961 under Diane Nash's leadership. He became a major voting rights activist in Mississippi and Alabama after being mentored by Ella Baker and Bob Moses. Inspired by Malcolm X's example, he articulated a philosophy of "black power", and popularized it both by provocative speeches and more sober writings. The FBI targeted him for personal destruction through its COINTELPRO program, and Carmichael fled to Africa in 1968. He re-established himself in Ghana, and then Guinea. There, he adopted the new name of Kwame Ture and campaigned internationally for revolutionary socialist Pan-Africanism.


Opportunites with Deadlines

Kenan Fellowship Programs at UVA

Application Deadline: March 23

This endowment funds five awards of $5000 that further the educational mission of UVA. Both current undergraduate and graduate students in all schools and disciplines are eligible to apply. For more information:


University Undergraduate Award for Arts Projects

Application Deadline: March 23

These awards of up to $3000 can be used to fund students’ opportunities for creative expression and showcase accomplishments in the arts. These University-wide awards are open to all undergraduates, regardless of majors or schools. For details:


Mellon Museum Internship Program – Summer 2020 Academic & 2020-21 Academic Year

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 1

The internships aim to foster diversity in the museum field by training 1-2 interns for summer 2020 in the Education department at The Fralin Museum of Art on Grounds, and 1-summer and 1-academic year Education intern at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on Pantops. The interns at both museums will engage in a variety of activities to understand educational programming in a museum setting. For questions, please contact Catherine Walden


Gilbert J. Sullivan Internship Scholarship – sponsored by the Z Society

First round application deadline: Friday, April 3rd at 11:37 pm

Second round application deadline: Friday, April 24 at 11:37 pm

All returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to support an internship that is otherwise unattainable due to financial constraints. Students should submit any questions and applications to




This Week in Black History

 Did you know that? Born on March 27, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey, song stylist Sarah Vaughan grew up with a love of music and performing. Winning a talent competition held at Harlem's Apollo Theater launched her singing career. She worked with bandleaders Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, before becoming a successful solo performer who commingled pop and jazz. Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One," Vaughan was a four-time Grammy Award winner, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989. Vaughan died in Hidden Hills, California, at age 66 on April 3, 1990.

 Did you know that?  William H. Hastie became the first African-American federal judge in 1937, when President Roosevelt appointed him to the bench of the Federal District Court in the Virgin Islands. Hastie served on the Virgin Islands bench for two years before returning to his alma mater, Howard University, and its School of Law as dean and professor of law. In 1943, the NAACP awarded Hastie its prestigious Springarn Medal "for his distinguished career as jurist and as an uncompromising champion of equal justice." Hastie was on the team of lawyers who worked with Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall on the legal strategies and cases  leading to the 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, that outlawed racial segregation in public schools.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

Calculus & Statistics Tutoring
Available on Tuesdays & Fridays
For more information, contact Travis Elliott to set-up your tutoring time

Tuesdays with Dean Grimes ‘Virtual Lunchtime Chat’
Starting Tuesday, March 24th – 12:30 to 1:30 pm via Zoom

In the spirit of continuing our 2020-2021 weekly lunch sessions in the WEB DuBois Conference Room, join OAAA Dean Patrice Grimes every week via Zoom through the end of the semester. Open to current and new students, we’ll chat about anything – and nothing! Contact Ms. Carter for the link to join in.

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


Black Fridays – Return in Fall 2020 – see you then!



Upcoming Events

Upcoming UVA Virtual Learning & Events

Office of Citizen Scholar Development: Asia Awards Information Session

Monday, March 23 – Online:

All of these changes are reflected on our homepage and Fellowships Series page


Miller Center Weekly Online Webinars

Starting: Tuesday, March 24 – 11:00 am – 12 noon

This week’s topic: The Trump Administration and the 2020 Election


Office of Citizen Scholarship Development: Fulbright US Student Award Information Session

Monday, March 30 – Online:

All of these changes are reflected on our homepage and Fellowships Series page

Around the Charlottesville Area Community

Neighborhood Meal Delivery During Charlottesville City Schools’ Closure

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12 noon - Various Locations

Starting Monday, March 23, Charlottesville City Schools will deliver breakfast/ lunch bags to children up to  age 18. Families can go to the location that is closest to them. Parents are not required to be present for their child to receive a bag, but it helps, since children will be carrying multiple days’ worth of food; bring  backpack. See .


VOLUNTEERS are also needed to help pass out meals on both days each week. For details, contact:


“In My Humble Opinion”– 101.3 Jamz -- Charlottesville’s Own Talk/Radio

Every Sunday 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Hosted by Charles Lewis, Max, and Razor, along with special guests. Listen online at, or download the free TuneIn app for iPhone and Android to get the latest local news in Charlottesville’s Black community.