USF’s Black Emphasis Month - A Variety of Scholarly and Entertaining Events

From Politics and Business to Cinema and Poetry


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2008) - Black Emphasis Month at the University of South Florida Tampa campus will be celebrated with a smorgasbord of scholarly and entertaining events, nearly all free and open to the public.  Subject matter ranges from history and politics to business, careers in health care, black cinema, etiquette and gospel music.  There will be a voter registration drive, step shows and the festivities end with guest lecturer Spike Lee whose talk will be “Celebrating Black History Doesn’t End in February” to be held on March 4 at 7 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome Corral.  Tickets for this event are $8 for the public, $3 for USF faculty, staff and alumni and free for students with valid USF ID.  For the full schedule and more information, visit or call (813)....


On Feb. 4, pre kick-off entertainment will be provided by Busch Garden’s The Mystic Sheiks  in MLK Plaza at11:30 a.m. followed by the official launch of the month-long celebration with USF President Judy Genshaft at noon. 


“We want to see everyone with an interest in the Black community and our history, regardless of their background, at every event,” said Samuel L. Wright, director, USF Multicultural Affairs, who advises the Black Emphasis Month Committee which coordinates the month’s activities and sponsors several events.  Wright’s co-chair, Kirk Rascoe added, “Black Emphasis Month is for everyone and we promise each event will be thought-provoking, interesting and enjoyable.  I think people should just plan to spend as much of February on our campus as possible.”


Black Emphasis highlights include:


·         Feb. 1: “Celebrating the Life of Carter G. Woodson” a presentation on the scholar who started it all with Negro History Week, 12 noon, Marshall Center 101.  Sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).


·         Feb. 6: a report on “The Status of Black Men and Boys,” with Florida State Representative Frank Peterman (Dist. 55), 12:30 p.m. Marshall Center 132.


·         Feb. 10: a performance of “Food for the Soul” by Shekinah Glory Student Ministries,  3 p.m., Marshall Center 132.


·         Feb. 11: “Making Your Own Money: Developing Minority-owned Businesses,” with Tampa Bay African-American entrepreneurs and business owners, 11 a.m., Marshall Center Ballroom.


·         Feb. 12: “Careers in Allied Health: A Mechanism to Positively Impact Disparities in Healthcare” with Dr. Lee Green, Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health Professor Dr. Ted Williams, associate dean of diversity


·         Feb. 13: Prayer Breakfast with Chloe Coney, vocalist Alexander Harris and the USF Gospel Choir, 8:30 a.m., Marshall Center Ballroom.


·         Feb. 13: “The World of Black Cinema,” presented by the University Film & Video Association @ USF, 12 noon, Tampa Library Grace Allen Room.


·         Feb. 15: “Making a Successful Impression,” with etiquette consultant Tia Young, 7 p.m., Marshall Center East View.


·         Feb. 17: 8th Annual Gospel Explosion presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 6 p.m., Cooper Hall 103.


·         Feb. 18: “Race and Biology: A Scientific Perspective,” presented by Freethinkers@USF, 12 noon, USF Tampa Library, 4th floor.


·         Feb. 19: “Blacks in Politics,” presented by NAACP@USF, 5 p.m. Marshall Center 132.


·         Feb. 19: “Recognizing and Evaluating Diversity Within the Black Community,” presented by the USF Institute on Black Life and the USF Department of Africana Studies, 7 p.m., Marshall Center Presidents Dining Room.


·         Feb. 20:  Step Afrika! Dance Troupe, an interactive performance of the origination and evolution of stepping in Africa, 7 p.m., Campus Recreation Center, Upper Gym.


·         Feb. 21: Black Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon,” hosted by USF Progressive Black Men, 12 noon, Marshall Center Campus View East.


·         Feb. 21: Jazz Series Performance: BK Jackson presented by the USF Library at the Starbucks Café, 7:30 p.m., USF Tampa Library.


·         Feb. 22: 37th Annual Miss Black Uhuru Pageant, presented by the USF Black Student Union, hosted by Miss Black Uhuru 2007, Sandra Francois, 7 p.m. Marshall Center Ballroom;


·         Feb. 23: Non-Greek Step Show presented by the USF Black Student Union, 7 p.m., Campus Recreation Center, Upper Gym.


·         Feb. 26: “Why Should Black College Students Consider Graduate School?” 12 noon, Marshall Center 101.


·         Feb. 26: “Black History: Who Cares?” presented by USF Progressive Black Men, 7 p.m., Marshall Center 296.


·          Feb. 26 and 27: “Rock the Vote” voter registration drive by A.N.G.E.L.S. Inc., 10 a.m., Marshall Center Lobby.


·         Feb. 27: “Ready to Exhale: A Support and Resource Group for Black Women Event,” presented by the USF Counseling Center, 1 p.m., Student Services Building 2124.


·         Feb. 28: Student Leadership Luncheon with Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell, noon, Marshall Center Ballroom;


·         Feb. 28: “Open Mic and a Stage,” presented by The Poets, 9 p.m., Marshall Center 296.


·         March 4: Spike Lee “Celebrating Black History Doesn’t End in February,” presented by the University Lecture Series, 7 p.m. Sun Dome Corral.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Sun Dome box office.  Admission for the public: $8; USF faculty, staff and alumni: $3; students with valid USF ID: free.


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. 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 45,000 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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