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Egmont Key -- located between St. Petersburg and Bradenton at the mouth of Tampa Bay, approximately a 20-minute ferry ride southwest from Fort DeSoto Park -- holds a haunting chapter in Florida history that the Seminole Tribe of Florida insists must not be forgotten, and which USF has the tech to help preserve.
The Hillsborough County Commission unanimously passed a motion Wednesday to make Juneteenth a county holiday starting in 2022.
July 16, 2021Community Engagement
Beginning in the 1950’s, a group of Black artists known as the Highwaymen dedicated themselves to painting and selling images of Florida’s natural landscapes. Shut out of museums, their work was both a means of expression and a way for them to make a living in the segregated south.
The assault on democracy and voting rights is so widespread, taking place in so many states, young volunteers can devote a summer, or perhaps even a full year, working for democracy in their home state or temporarily relocating to other states where voting rights are under attack.
We’re taking another look at student discipline numbers based on race and how researchers at USF are using a research study to try and get to the bottom of those glaring disparities.
USF Zimmerman School students create COVID-19 vaccination campaign being implemented by professional business organization
The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) is in the process of implementing a COIVD-19 vaccination campaign created by students in the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications.
National network to connect researchers and concerned citizens working to preserve historical Black cemeteries
Across the nation, a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected and even paved over during urban development. Now a national network for historical Black cemeteries has launched to raise awareness about the history and present condition of such sacred places to ensure what remains is preserved.
Indigenous group says USF Tampa is not doing enough to prevent looting of Native American gravesites within forest preserve
The Florida Indigenous Alliance (FIA) announced that evidence of looting was discovered at a sacred Native American gravesite within the University of South Florida Forest Preserve (USFFP). The group is demanding that USF take action to protect the graves from further desecration.
A team of University of South Florida professors and doctoral students created the Black Cemetery Network website at blackcemeterynetwork.org to serve as a hub for the movement to bring dignity to those cemeteries.
With a focus on bringing truth to light and giving a voice to the community, the University of South Florida held its third and final Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (DEIO) town hall meeting Friday.
A year after Black Lives Matter protests took to Tampa Bay Area streets following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, many public and private organizations say they have recommitted to stronger and healthier plans for equity and inclusion though most acknowledge there is still much room for improvement.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents Queer In Color, a new virtual BIPOC (Black/indigenous/people of color) LGBTQ+ film festival demonstrating “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous lives matter. People of color matter.” The goal for the new festival is to enlighten, empower and lift up the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community and amplify their stories and voices.