UJ Newsletter

Black History Month Recap

"In this country, white fear is more valuable than black life."

-Touré, Black Solidarity Conference Keynote Address 2014

James Turner

James Turner is the founding Director of the Africana Studies & Research Center--founded 1969--and is a professor emeritus of African and African American Politics and Social Policy at Cornell. He also organized Cornell's Council on African Studies, forming a basis for the university's interdisciplinary African Studies. Turner initiated the term "Africana Studies" to conceptualize the comprehensive studies of the African diaspora and the three primary global Black communities--Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. The Africana paradigm is now widely adopted by educational programs as the epistemology for the field of Black Studies. Turner was a founding member of TransAfrica, an African American lobbying organization. During the 1970's, he was national organizer of the Southern Africa Liberation Support Committee, which pressed the anti-apartheid campaign in the United States. In 1974, he served as chair of the North American delegation to the Sixth Pan African Congress, and in 1973, he co-chaired the International Congress of Africanists in Ethiopia. As a Schomburg Research Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Turner conducted research on the political philosophy of Malcolm X that served as the basis for his work on the prize-winning PBS series Eyes on the Prize. The recipient of the Association of Black Sociologists' Award of Distinction, he has served as president of the African Heritage Studies Association and on the editorial boards of several leading Black Studies journals.

Pictures for Thought

Must Watch: Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy interview on the Jordan Davis tragedy.

Grey'€™s Anatomy star: People should be outraged


Eco Friendly or Nah?

· Is it okay to buy bottled water as long as I recycle the bottle?

Recycling the bottle is great, but definitely not a first option. As a community, we can do a better job of using reusable bottles and motivating each other to do the same. Initially it is more expensive to buy a reusable bottle, but it is a great way to show your support of the community you live in. And if you do not have a reusable bottle, I am working on providing them for everyone this month through a campaign called Recyclemania, where I hope to implement changes that will encourage everyone to use reusable bottles.

#Campus Saftey

As mentioned in a previous “Blue Light” email from the Cornell University Police Department, there have been “increased complaints of marijuana use in residential buildings on campus.” Marijuana use is a violation of the Campus Code of Conduct and New York State law. Additionally, puff, puff, passing cigarettes or marijuana indoors is a potential safety/fire hazard and could result in one or more JAs. These violations negatively impact the community by damaging the reputation of Ujamaa. Also, blatantly disregarding the breathing space of our neighbors and residential staff is a lack of consideration that will not be tolerated. So, please don’t do it and be mindful of your fellow residents in the Ujamaa Community. Be smart!


Featured Music

Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Rosie and Levee Camp Holler
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
Raheem DeVaughn - Woman
Happy Women's History Month!