Black Emphasis Month in Full Swing


By Barbara Melendez



TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2010) - Student groups, including chapters of national fraternities and sororities are contributing a variety of events to turn the annual Black Emphasis Month celebration at the University of South Florida into a series of opportunities to learn about and interact with the many faces of USF’s Black community. 


Club Creole is sponsoring the opening week, which began Feb. 1. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has taken on Feb. 14 to 20. USF’s Black Student Union and the National Council of Negro Women – USF Section have events spread throughout the month. This series of events was put together by a special Black Emphasis Month committee co-chaired by Jasmine Lyon and Morgan Byron in collaboration with USF’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. 


Tributes to historical figures Alexander Lucius Twilight, the first African American to receive a bachelor’s degree from an American college or university and philanthropist Madame C. J. Walker, the nation’s first Black woman millionaire, feature, respectively, a Black Day of Service Feb. 6 and a Hair and Fashion Show Feb. 22.


For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (813) 974-5111 or


Highlights include:


·         Tonight, Feb. 3 - Haitian Karaoke/Game Night presented by Club Creole, 7 p.m., MSC 4103


·         Saturday, Feb. 6 features A Black Day of Service:  In Honor of Alexander Twilight, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Students will gather at the Marshall Student Center’s east entrance.


·         Feb. 9 – National Council of Negro Women – Live Healthy with NCNW:  Nutrition Forum, MSC 3709, 2 to  4 p.m.


·         Feb. 10 USF’s Progressive Black Men, Inc. is holding its annual Black Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon 


·         Feb. 10 – Movies on the Lawn features Michael Jackson's This is It sponsored by the Campus Activies Board in MSC Plaza at 9pm


·         Feb. 11 – Black Love Ball, presented by the Black Student Union, MSC Ballroom C, 8 p.m.


·         Feb. 12 – Bulls Nite Out: Black History Game Show, with Campus Activies Board, 9pm, MSC Ballroom


·         Feb. 23 – Through Our Eyes, presented by Iota Phi Theta, MSC 2709, 9 p.m.


·         Feb. 24 – Voices of Our History presented by Sigma Gamma Rho


·         Feb. 25 – Undergraduate Symposium, presented by the Black Student Union and The Black Alumni Network, MSC 2708, 7:30pm


·         Feb. 26 – Miss Uhuru Pageant with The Black Student Union at 7 p.m., MSC 2500


·         Feb. 27 – 1000 Man March, 12 to 3 p.m., MSC Ampitheatre, and Invisible Truth MSC Oval Theatre, 8 p.m., both sponsored by Omega Psi Phi and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.


·         Feb. 26 – Black on Black Racism, presented by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, 5 to 7 p.m., MSC 3704




The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.