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Celebrating Black History Month at the University of Florida

As the nation celebrates Black History Month, the University of Florida is honored to share the extraordinary voices that have vibrantly contributed to the institution's excellence. Please visit this page often for updates on events, campus initiatives, and inspiring stories of the Black experience at UF.

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George Starke, Jr. on being the first Black student at UF

George Starke, Jr. talks about his experiences being the first Black student at UF during the spring 2019 commencement ceremony where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. 

The Making of the Institute of Black Culture

Student-produced documentary featuring UF alumni, students, faculty and staff discussing the origins and importance of the Institute of Black Culture at UF. Funded by the Office of the Provost.

African American Student History at the University of Florida

Timeline of the Black student experience from 1958 – present

 

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Recommended Podcasts

Shedding New Light on a Lost Chapter of American History

Leading up to the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Unstoppable Minds sat down again with Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield, a forensic anthropologist and research assistant at the University of Florida. Dr. Stubblefield sheds new light on one of the worst episodes of mass racial violence in U.S. history through the lens of her professional and personal experiences. The details of these events and the devastation of the Greenwood Community where Black residents were killed and many became homeless after Black-owned businesses and homes were destroyed is a lost chapter of American history which is being recovered, reclaimed and will now be remembered.

Fostering Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

While owning pets is universal, there is a lack of diversity in the veterinary medicine field. Dr. Michael Bowie, clinical assistant professor and director of community engagement and diversity outreach for UF's College of Veterinary Medicine shares how he and his colleagues are engaging and mentoring African-American middle and high school students to encourage their interest in pursuing veterinary medicine as a career.

 

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