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The faculty fellows are studying the theoretical underpinnings and legacy of legal scholar Derrick Bell’s provocative 1980s claim that racism is a permanent feature in American society and how that claim might inform USF’s goal to “understand and address blackness and anti-black racism.” Central to each faculty member’s research is the role of storytelling in subverting stubborn tales of race, gender, class, etc. that uphold inequality, replacing them with imagined worlds that may not exist, but are deeply yearned for.
Antoinette Jackson, the head of the USF anthropology department, is also the driving force behind a new national center for information on African American cemeteries that were covered over by buildings or parking lots.
August 21, 2021Research and Funding
The city of St. Petersburg will explore the next steps after archaeologists recently found a lost cemetery with three possible graves at Tropicana Field. According to a University of South Florida grant team investigating lost African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, the graves belong to the Oaklawn Cemetery, a segregated burial ground with white and Black sections.
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 numbers don't surprise me at all' - low minority participation in Alzheimer's trials similar to research in other areas
While research from the CDC projects Alzheimer's cases are expected to double to 3.3% of the U.S. population ages 65 and older by 2060, minority communities expected to see the largest increases make up a small number of trial participants.
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.
USF mental health expert helps craft legislation signed by Gov. DeSantis that addresses inequities in health care
Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation guided by Kyaien Conner, associate professor of mental health law and policy, that addresses health disparities across the state.
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.
In an effort to create an action plan to dismantle racial hierarchies on college campuses, representatives from four universities in the St. Petersburg area, including the USF St. Pete campus, are forming a consortium to address racial disparities.