USF's Black Emphasis Month Filled With Events

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 “pre-kick-off” panel discussion titled: “One Hundred Years of the NAACP,” Monday, Feb. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center, room 2709.  Panelists include NAACP National Board Member Leon Russell, NAACP Hillsborough County Branch President Curtis Stokes, NAACP Area Director Pat Spencer, Joseph Jackson, vice president, OSI Restaurant Partner, Inc. and LaShante Keys founder of the USF NAACP Student Chapter.  USF Department of Africana Studies Professor Eric D. Duke will serve as facilitator.  For information call (813) 974-1399. 


There are events each and every week throughout the month.  According to BEM 2009 Committee Chair Lynn McPhearson, this celebration represents a massive coordination effort guided by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs.


 “We tried to involve as many parts of our community as possible and offer opportunities each week to learn more about African-American and Black culture from various perspectives,” he said.  “The whole community is invited to take part in all of the programs because they are all going to be enjoyable whether intellectually or spiritually and some are just plain fun.” 


For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Activities, call (813) 974-5111 or e-mail


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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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