Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 1
Back Issues
Two win Mitchells
Journal touts U.Va.'s black student graduation rate

U.Va. becomes home port for Semester at Sea program

Don't think twice, it's all right
Welcoming a new director
Faulders to lead Alumni Association
The University's 2005 year in review
Not-so-random encounters
'Preserving Our Past, Capturing Our Future'

Nobel Prize-Winning physiologist Ferid Murad to speak on Jan. 25

New way to North Grounds
Last ball in U-Hall


‘Preserving Our Past, Capturing Our Future’

Martin Luther KingTo celebrate Black History Month this February, the Office of African-American Affairs has organized nine events throughout the month, with an overarching theme of “Preserving Our Past, Capturing Our Future.”

Lecture topics include black intellectual entrepreneurship and bridging the digital divide; strategies for paying down student loan debt and building wealth; the scope of advances for black women in the sciences; black neo-conservatism in the Post-Civil Rights Era; the implications of the “No Child Left Behind” education legislation; and the state of African-American affairs at the University.

The distinguished speakers include Rhodes Scholar Randal Pinkett, winner of the reality TV show,

“The Apprentice,” hosted by Donald Trump; Sakina Spruell-Cole, editor-at-large for Black Enterprise magazine; and Dr. Henry Johnson, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Three films from the Representations in Black Film Series will be screened as part of the Black History Month program. “Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony” was shot over 10 years and reveals the critical role music played in the South African struggle against apartheid from 1948 to the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela. The documentary “Malcolm X: Make it Plain” aired on the PBS series American Experience and examines the controversial life and legacy of Malcolm X. “Soundz of Spirit” examines how hip-hop culture provides creative freedom — and even a spiritual outlet — for the current generation.

In addition to the Black History Month events, the African-American affairs office will sponsor its annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Jan. 24 (see below).

Martin Luther King Jr. colleague to speak

Civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Paul Brinson will give the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration speech on Tuesday, Jan. 24. As a native of Georgia and a colleague of King, John Lewis, Julian Bond and others who led the civil rights movement in Georgia and across the South, Brinson is a unique witness to King’s legacy. Brinson was active in the student movement that involved sit-ins and acts of civil disobedience. He was licensed and ordained at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta by co-pastors Martin Luther King Sr. and Martin Luther King Jr. Brinson served as pastor at several Baptist churches and was a longtime leader in the American Baptist Church, including terms as associate director and associate general secretary for World Mission Support until his retirement in 2004.

What: Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration
When: Tuesday, Jan. 24
Featuring: Rev. Dr. Albert Paul Brinson, retired associate
general secretary for World Mission Support, American Baptist Churches
Where: Special Collections Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Sponsor: Office of African-American Affairs

All events sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs unless noted otherwise.
February 2
“State of the Office of African-American Affairs”
Featuring: Dr. M. Rick Turner, Dean, Office of African-American Affairs
Where: Rotunda Dome Room, 7 p.m.
February 6
Walter Ridley Distinguished Lecture Series
“Preparing America’s Future”
Featuring: Dr. Henry Johnson, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Where: Rotunda Dome Room, 4 p.m.
Sponsors: Curry School of Education, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, Walter Ridley Fellowship
February 7
“Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony”
Where: Kaleidoscope in Newcomb Hall, 7 p.m.
Discussion led by: U.Va. music professor Melvin L. Butler
Directed by Lee Hirsch over a 10-year period, Amandla! won both the Documentary Audience Award and the Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Sponsors: OAAA, Kaleidoscope Center for Cultural Fluency
February 9
Black History Month Keynote Address
“Black Intellectual Entrepreneurship”
Featuring: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Rhodes Scholar, president & CEO of BCT Partners, Donald Trump’s current apprentice
Where: Old Cabell Hall, 7 p.m.
This lecture will engage students, university professionals and community leaders in a dialogue that will increase the understanding of entrepreneurship in the black community, illustrate the importance of the acquisition of advanced academic degrees and strengthen cultural ties by demonstrating the successes yielded by Dr. Pinkett’s research on “Bridging the Digital Divide.”
Sponsors: OAAA, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, Black Student Alliance
February 16
“Keeping it Rich”
Featuring: Sakina Spruell-Cole, Editor-at-Large, Black Enterprise Magazine
Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
“Keeping it Rich” will discuss ways that college students can live while paying down their student loan debt, as well as teach the principles of building wealth. By taking a play on the slang ‘Keeping It Real,’ this presentation maintains a lively interactive discussion of money and how it works. Spruell-Cole specializes in personal finance and entrepreneurship.
February 21
“Malcolm X: Make it Plain”
Discussion led by: U.Va. religious studies professor Corey Walker
Where: Kaleidoscope in Newcomb Hall, 7 p.m.
Political philosopher and visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and militant minister. In his lifetime, Malcolm X was many men. Finally, he became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, an internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples. He was loved and despised, revered and feared — until an assassin’s bullet cut him down at age 39.
February 23
A Step Forward — Black Women in the Sciences
Featuring: Dr. Wendi El-Amin, professor of family medicine
Where: Maury Hall, Room 209, 7 p.m.
Black women continue to make advances in the science profession(s) and their economic, social and political impact on our contemporary society cannot be ignored. Issues pertaining to education and professional development will be discussed.
February 27
“Inciting the Counter-Revolution: Race and Black Neo-conservatism in the Post-Civil Rights Era”
Where: Maury Hall, Room 209, 7 p.m.
Featuring: LaTasha Levy, former director of Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
Black neo-conservatism is one of the most contested political ideologies of the Post-Civil Rights Era. Inciting the Counter-Revolution examines this ideology and its alternative approach to racial politics and identity in the United States.
February 28
“Soundz Of Spirit”
Discussion led by: Dion W. Lewis, director, Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center, and
assistant dean, OAAA
Where: Kaleidoscope in Newcomb Hall, 7 p.m.
Venturing into uncharted territory, Soundz of Spirit draws connections between the creative freedom and the spiritual outlet that the hip-hop culture provides for the current generation.





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