Black Heritage Month at USF

Appreciation, inspiration and scholarly inquiry are highlights.

By Barbara Melendez

USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2014) – Black History Month is celebrated at USF with a variety of events.

The celebration kicked off Tuesday afternoon at MLK Plaza. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this event sets the tone for the month with a health fair, refreshments and prizes.

USF Progressive Black Men, Inc.’s Community Service Chair Jeremy Lomax and Office of Multicultural Affairs Graduate Advisor Aneshia Wilson welcomed guests including USF President Judy Genshaft who spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout USF.

She was followed by USF Assistant Vice President and Dean for Students Michael A. Freeman. He provided a brief chronicle of Black History Month’s progression from Negro History and Literature Week, to Negro Achievement Week and finally to the month-long celebration giving homage to its founder Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

As he paid homage to the decades of African Americans’ struggle, the work that still needs to be done and in light of the month’s focus on achievement, Freeman all attendees to consider the question, “What will be your achievement?”

On Feb. 6 Progressive Black Men Inc. is holding its annual Black Faculty Appreciation luncheon to “show our appreciation and respect for all that they have done for this university and for its diverse student body,” said the organization’s Community Service Chair Jeremy Lomax. It takes place in MSC 2707 from 1 to 3 p.m.

A Black History Month Inspirational Breakfast will be held Feb. 12 in the Marshall Center Ballroom from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Institute on Black Life is sponsoring a national conference “Race and Place: Cultural Landscapes of Black Life in America” Feb. 19 to 21. For registration and more information, click here or go to

For more information about the other events contact Aneisha Wilson at (813) 974-5111.

Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563