USF's Black Emphasis Month

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2009) -- The University of South Florida expands upon Black History Month with its own annual Black Emphasis Month. This year's celebration starts out with a panel discussion titled: "One Hundred Years of the NAACP," Monday, Feb. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Marshall Center Student Center, room 2709. Panelists include NAACP National Board Member Leon Russell, NAACP Hillsborough County Branch President Curtis Stokes, NAACP Area Director Pat Pencer, Joseph Jackson, vice president, OSI Restaurant Partner, Inc. and La Shante Keys founder of the USF NAACP Student Chapter. USF Department of Africana Studies Professor Eric D. Duke will serve as facilitator.


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Also on the schedule is an educational program sponsored by USF’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization in coordination with The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP).  Kidney Failure and the African-American Community will be presented Feb. 11 at the Marshall Center, Room 3707 from 7 to 9 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  This is an effort to raise awareness about kidney disease in Tampa Bay’s African American communities.  Local dialysis and transplant patients as well as health care professionals will be on hand to share information.


African Americans account for more than 30 percent of the estimated 26 million American suffering from chronic kidney disease.  The leading two causes of kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension, two conditions that dominate the African American community. In recognition of Black History Month, AAKP and USF’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization are hosting this program to inform and inspire kidney patients and those at risk of developing kidney disease to get tested for the disease.


“Chronic kidney disease hits close to home for a lot of us,” said Rodrick Colbert, student organizer and member of USF’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization. “This is a great opportunity for people to get viable, free information about a disease that affects so many people in the black community. I urge everyone to join us.”


To register for the event, please visit the AAKP Web site, or call 800-749-AAKP.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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