African American Association (AAA)
Advisor: Felecia Dozer
The African American Association is dedicated to the theme of “Unity in Heritage,” and the principles of self-determination, self-awareness, and unity. The African American Association, herein referred to as the AAA, will strive to unite and educate the student body about the African Diaspora. By promoting State service outreach projects and accentuating academic excellence, the African American Association will develop students into academia and proactive leaders.
In celebration of Black History Month 2013, South Florida South is currently presenting “Celebrate! Black History and Culture at SFSC” —a month-long effort focusing on African-American history and culture.
Our efforts consist of:
- Black History Festival
- Black History Newsletter disbursed to the college community and placed on the college’s website
- Weekly featured famous African Americans displayed around the campus community
- Weekly events hosted by various college clubs:
- Week 2 - TRIO will focus on the history of music in African-American culture.
- Week 3 - College Democrats will highlight famous democrats through reenactments.
- Week 4 - the Haitian Student Association will have activities which make Afro-Caribbean/ Latin connections which are relevant to African American History
- Week 4 - On Feb. 28, International Student Organization, will tribute Bob Marley the tribute includes a point power point, food and good rhythm.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 @ Noon our efforts will culminate with a “festival” designed to heighten student’s awareness through song, dance, food and motivational presentations of the African Diaspora. This event is open to the public.
Weakly Featured Famous African Americans:
Madam C.J. Walker, Civil Rights Activist, Entrepreneur - Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Her business was worth more than $1 million at the time of her death.
George Washington Carver, born a slave in 1864 (approximately), contributed significantly to agricultural research. He was a poet , painter and scientist. He became head of the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Institute where he researched and taught for 47 years. He studied ways to improve the depleted soil of the South by crop rotation and planting a variety of foods such as peanuts, soybeans or sweet potatoes. He was the first African American to be honored in a national monument.
Frederick Douglass, born a slave and became a prominent American abolitionist, author, statesman and orator. During the U.S. Civil War he used his unique perspective to encouraged President Lincoln to allow African Americans to engage in the fight. His Washington , D.C. home is now a landmark monument for his struggle for equality.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, educator, suffragist, journalist and activist, is best known for her work with the anti-lynching campaign. She successfully sued the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company after being forced from her first class seat and moved to the “Jim Crow” car. The verdict was later overturned on appeal by the Tennessee Supreme Court.