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Africana Studies Ambassadors Share Knowledge, Passion

Ambassadors for the Africana Studies Program at UCF are passionate about history, culture and community. They are active at the university and engaged with local youth, providing mentorship to young students and promoting the importance of Africana Studies. In addition to providing a face for the program, the ambassadors contribute to its leadership, generating ideas… Read more »

Solving a Historical Puzzle with 5,000 Pieces

With more than 5,000 historic items dating back to the 18th century, UCF’s Carol Mundy Collection tells the story of the African-American experience through books, pamphlets, newspapers, posters, photographs and other rare ephemera. The collection, which is kept in theSpecial Collections & University Archives and displayed on the fifth floor of the John C. Hitt… Read more »

Hip-Hop Class Shares Influence of Drake, Jay-Z

In many ways, rappers including Jay-Z, Nas and Missy Elliot have influenced the clothes, cars and style of youth culture. One class that is featured for the spring semester shows how their rhymes extend further beyond the mic. Professor and folklorist Donald Harrell teaches the “Evolution of Hip Hop,” a class that traces the music… Read more »

African American Studies Instructor Wins Diversity Award

UCF adjunct instructor Donald Harell who teaches the “Evolution of Hip Hop” and runs a performing arts company that promotes African culture has been chosen by his Union College alma mater to receive a national award for his work with enhancing diversity initiatives. Harrell is one of four people selected for the Schenectady, N.Y., college’s… Read more »

3 Win John T. Washington Community Service, Scholarship Awards

Alexis Thompson, a UCF Biology and Health Science major, has her sights on becoming a physician assistant and then someday starting a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare for children in need. “I have always been taught that if the opportunity presents itself to help people less fortunate, it is imperative that you do so,” she… Read more »

Double minor student wins two awards

Dominique Gelin, an undergraduate minoring in both Women’s Studies and African American Studies, received the Florida Achievement Award presented by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women for her outstanding contributions and service to her community. The award will be presented at the Florida Achievement Awards ceremony on September 10, 2011. Ms. Gelin was… Read more »

Leading By Example: Junior Wins John T. Washington Service Award

Working with underserved children has inspired Sanessa Griffiths to pursue a career in law. The UCF Political Science and Legal Studies double-major has mentored youth since her freshman year through Pathfinders and later at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Now, a junior, she wants to be a legal advocate for children in foster care. Continue reading… Read more »

America I AM: The African American Imprint

The Carol Mundy Collection is associated with Tavis Smiley’s national traveling exhibition America I AM: The African American Imprint. Carol Mundy is one of the major lenders to the traveling exhibit which includes a piece of Orange County history from her collection: a 1918 poll tax receipt for William Gladden, Sr. This exhibit traces the… Read more »

UCF Reports: Carol Mundy

UCF-TV’s original program UCF Reports spotlights Carol Mundy‘s collection of African American artifacts and historical documents, recently acquired by theUCF Library Special Collections & University Archives. For more than twenty-five years, Orlando private collector Carol E. Mundy has been on a mission to preserve and exhibit African American history and culture. Consisting of rare 19th… Read more »

The Mundy Collection: African-American Legacy

The Carol Mundy Collection has been acquired by the University of Central Florida Libraries. It is being curated and housed in Special Collections and University Archives. The collection was assembled over a period of seventeen years of intensive research by Ms. Carol Mundy, an avid collector. The collection consists of books and pamphlets, magazines and… Read more »