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Black History Month Spotlight

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, PA. Kobe was drafted 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent his entire 20 year career. During this span, Kobe led his team to winning 5 NBA Championships and being named finals MVP twice. He was the league MVP in 2008. He was also an 18-time NBA All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team, 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, Led the league in scoring twice, and won 2 Olympic Gold Medals. Kobe retired in 2016 and is currently fourth all-time in leading scorers with 33,434 points. After retirement, Kobe continued his legacy by writing a book, but also making a short film called "Dear Basketball" which won an Academy Award in 2018. On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant passed away due to a helicopter crash. This tragedy impacted the world as a legend was lost too soon. His legacy will live on as he will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2020.

Anarcha Wescott

Anarcha Wescott was born in 1828. She was an enslaved woman in Alabama. She was a 17 year old girl with a severe case of rickets due to malnutrition and lack of vitamin D. She had severe issues with her body which lead to J. Marion Sims, also known as "The Father of Modern Day Gynecology", performed procedures on her. Wescott endured 30 surgeries without any anesthesia, but she was given opium following the procedures. Her conditions were eventually fixed which lead to her being the first woman treated for vesicovaginal fistulae. It was her sacrifice that lead to modern day medical procedures in gynecology.

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. Lacks was a tobacco farmer and was married with 3 children. On January 29th, 1951, Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital which was the only hospital in the area that would treat blacks at the time. She then died in October of 1951. Her legacy lived on because once she was treated, without her permission, her cancer cells and healthy cells were collected and cultured. This became the first human cell line that is still used and cultured in modern biomedical research which is known as Hela cells. The study with Hela cells is the reason why cancer was able to be studied which led to the advancements in treatments. They are used to study HIV and AIDs and the polio vaccine was created based off of studies with her cell line. Her family later found out about the use of her cells in the 2000s which led to the acknowledgements of Henrietta Lacks that honor her contributions to modern day medicine.

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Minority Student Services 2020 Spring Semester Events

January

23rd – 24th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday

            Gemmell MPR

            5:00 pm

            Sponsored by: The Office of Minority Student Services

February

6th – General Body Meeting

            Gemmell 250/252

            6:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

  • Vision Boards

   STC 120

   6:00 pm

   Sponsored by: QUEENS

7th – Latern Festival

            Gemmell 250/252

            6:00 pm

            Sponsored by: ASIA

11th – The Lenny Cooke Story

            Gemmell MPR

            7:00 pm

            Sponsored by: The Office of Minority Student Services

17th – Black Arts Week: Growing Up In Our World

            STC 120

            6:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

18th – Black Arts Week: Battle of the Sexes Taco Tuesday

            SOMS Room 9A/9B

            6:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

  • Personal Growth Step One: How’s Your Financial Literacy?

   Becht Hall Room 332

   7:00 pm

   Sponsored by: P.U.S.H.

19th – Black Arts Week: 2020 Vision Boards

            Gemmell 250/252

            6:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

20th – Come “SecureTheKid”

            Gemmell 248

            4:00 pm

            Sponsored by: NAACP

  • Black Arts Week: Movie Night “Harriet”

            SOMN Theater

            7:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

21st – Black Arts Week: Black Arts Party

            Gemmell 152

            8:00 pm

            Sponsored by: Black Student Union

 

Last Updated 3/4/20