Sept. 8-14, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 28
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Reaching out -- Nursing Students Without Borders
Project aims to preserve lessons taught by civil rights figures
Attaining the goal of a college education
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Coin-fed foundation to promote exchanges between U.S., Iceland

Nursing student group serves Salvadorans and migrant workers
Miller Center awards scholars
Training commences for researchers whose work involves human subjects
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Reaching out
Photo Courtesy of Nursing Students Without Borders
Former U.Va. student Lisa Ross, who received her B.A. in Spanish this May and now attends Duke Medical School, put her second language to use this summer. She went with the group, Nursing Students Without Borders, to El Salvador in July and helped educate the people about health topics. See Nursing student group serves Salvadorans and migrant workers.

Project aims to preserve lessons taught by civil rights figures

By Dan Heuchert

It has been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas outlawed racial segregation in public schools and helped to usher in an era of social transformation. In the years that followed, many leaders emerged from the black community -- locally, regionally and nationally -- to reshape American society.

A new oral history project, co-sponsored by the University's Institute for Public History and the Darden School, is reaching back to examine the nature of that civil rights leadership. "Explorations in Black Leadership" will bring key civil rights figures to the Grounds over the new few years, where they will participate in public forums and two-hour videotaped interviews conducted by history professor Julian Bond, who is himself a long-time civil rights leader and is currently the national chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The first visits of the series, featuring noted Virginia civil rights lawyers Oliver Hill and Henry Marsh, will take place Sept. 13 and 14, and will include a public forum Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School's Caplin Auditorium. The session, during which Bond, law professor Michael Klarman and audience members will ask questions, is free and open to the public.

Committed for future visits are Elaine Jones, president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (Nov. 1); civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers, chancellor of North Carolina Central University (Nov. 8-9); and Mary Futrell, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University and former president of both the Virginia Education Association and National Education Association (Nov. 29-30).

Project organizers are lining up additional guests, and the effort could go on for several years, said history professor Phyllis Leffler, director of the Institute for Public History.

Bond, who served for many years in the Georgia state legislature, said "Explorations in Black Leadership˛ is unique in its ambition.

"I am not aware of any similar project whose reach is as broad," he said. "There are projects with a more narrow focus, but none I know of with this reach.

"This project represents an attempt to examine the lives and achievements of a wide variety of black leadership -- in education, civil rights, business -- and to try to determine from in-depth study the forces which shaped them. It promises to give us invaluable resources that will be useful for generations yet to come."

According to Leffler, the project has two key objectives. Full story.

 

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