UVI Celebrates Black History Month
Campus Activities

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Event Title


Event Organizers


10am to 12pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2012


STX - Starts at UVI stoplight and proceeds towards the Cafeteria.

SGA Black Heritage Committee & Student Activities

Show your support by wearing black, red and/or green clothing.

11am to 5pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012

Historical & Cultural Island Tour

STX - Starts at UVI Student Center. Participants will tour the Whim Plantation Museum, Cruzan Rum Distillery, Salt River Marina, St. Croix Rain Forest, and Fort to Fort.

SGA Black Heritage Committee & Student Activities

Sign-up in the Student Activities Office or via email at hfinch@uvi.edu

10:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday, February 12, 2012

African Drumming & Dance - Let's Celebrate our culture . . . through the rhythms of the drums and African dance with master drummer . . . Baba Tyehimba Mtu.

STT - UVI Wellness Center

SGA Black Heritage Committee & Student Activities

Open to ALL UVI students, alums, and members of our community. Sign-up at UVI Wellness Center or Student Activities Center.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Movie Night - documentary film highlighting the life and career of Dr. Percy L. Julian, Chemist

STT - B110

UVI Chapter of the American Chemical Society & Dr. LaVerne Brown

Dr. Percy Julian was a black American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine that would lay the foundation for the production of cortisone and birth control pills. Percey Julian later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican Wild Yam. His work helped to reduce the cost of steroid intermediates for manufacture by multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Firsts in African-American Achievements

Have you ever wondered about who was the first African American doctor, nurse, scientist, college president, legislator, millionaire, inventor, published author or some other career field? In the links provided here you can explore some fascinating facts, compelling biographies, and inspiring stories. We hope you will find yourself aspired to make some of your own history.

Black Entrepreneur Profile features profiles & success stories of black business leaders. This website has the most comprehensive database of successful black entrepreneurs, black CEO's, black executives and black business leaders from around the world. This website inspires black youth to be successful. The only limit in achieving success is the limits you place on yourself. So be inspired by the achievers in this database. http://www.blackentrepreneurprofile.com/
Black History Month activities, history, timeline, ideas, events, facts & quizzes are found on this website. The 500 notable African American biographies includes civil rights leaders, figures in abolitionism, government leaders, religious leaders, scholars & educators, scientists & inventors, entertainers, and athletes. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmscientists1.html
Meet African-American Pioneers in Psychology. Dr. James Arthur Bayton directed marketing research for DuPont, IBM, Armstrong Cork, Chrysler, Eli Lilly, Curtis Publishing, Johnson and Johnson, Schick, Pet Milk, America Dairy Association, Federal Reserve Board, Smith Kline, French, Proctor and Gamble, and the Office of Naval Research. He was responsible for a series of research projects over a span of thirty years dealing with the self-concept of Black people. Also, he served as an expert witness for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in cases dealing with legal aspects of school desegregation and discrimination in employment. In addition, he studied the factors related to racial tension in military settings. http://psychology.okstate.edu/museum/afroam/bio.html
A timeline of the accomplishments of African American Nurses are featured on Aetna's website. Each month, they feature an applied health (also known as nursing) researcher. Last month (January), they featured Dr. Ora L. Stickland, Professor of Nursing at Emory University. "Her most recent studies have probed coronary heart disease in premenopausal African American women; the integration of home care for sickle cell patients; premenstrual syndrome in women; and hormone replacement therapy as a measure to prevent heart disease and colon cancer. She was also the first researcher in the United States to track and document the symptoms of expectant fathers." http://www.aetna.com/diversity/aahcalendar/2003/history.html