KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Center for Ethics & Public Service Presents Historic Black Church Program Oral History Film

The University of Miami Center for Ethics & Public Service will present this year’s Oral History Film as part of their Historic Black Church Program on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at George Washington Carver Middle School. The Oral History Project compiles oral history archives through film documentaries with the University of Miami School of Law, University of Miami School of Communication, Ransom Everglades High School and the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance.

The documentaries produced through this project are intended to create an archive of resources to preserve the rich history of the Grove and as a means to teach the next generation.

Here is the brief documentary from 2011. More details are availalble on the UM Law School website.



If you go to this year's event:

Thursday, April 5, 2012 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
George Washington Carver Middle School
4901 Lincoln Drive
Miami, FL 33133


Click here to RSVP.

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UM wins 45-14 in football matchup with BCU

With a rather sparse crowd at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and the audience watching on ESPNU, the University of Miami Hurricanes beat the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats 45-14. Sure, the score appears to have been a butt-whipping but it does not depict the play of both teams during the game.

There was an expectation that UM would totally dominate and decimate BCU but that was not the case. Cookman started out with a lot of energy and actually owned the game during the first quarter. The Canes slowly gained momentum and came up with the win. It was an ugly win but a win nonetheless.

As a die-hard Rattler, I must give Bethune credit for representing the MEAC well. The FAMU-BCU trash-talking will definitely advance to another level until the Florida Classic on November 19 in Orlando. Stay tuned.

UM student vies for Miss USA crown on live TV

 Pageant to be broadcast on NBC, Sunday, May 16

MacKenzieGreen UM senior Mackenzie Green, a broadcast journalism and sports administration double major, competes for the title of Miss USA Sunday night, May 16.

The pageant will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. (E.S.T.) on NBC, from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas.

Green, 21, is the reigning Miss District of Columbia-USA. She won the title last November.  Active on campus, Green, is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a reporter for SportsDesk, a show on the University’s cable news channel, UMTV. In the future she aspires to become a broadcaster for ESPN.

The winner of the Miss USA pageant goes on to compete for Miss Universe.


UM BLSA Presents Community Forum: “What Obligation Does President Obama Owe to the Black Community?” Fri. April 9 [VIDEO]

University of Miami Black Law Student Association

What obligation does President Obama have to the black community? Should the first African-American president in U.S. history have a particular interest or obligation to the black community? This is the intriguing topic to be addressed at an upcoming University of Miami forum, “What Obligation Does President Obama Owe to the Black Community?”

Led by Harvard Law School professor and Obama family friend Charles Ogletree, who is a visiting professor at UM’s School of Law, the event will take place on Friday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus.

Professor Ogletree serves at Harvard Law School as the executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, as well as director of the Trial Advocacy Workshop and Saturday School Program. He is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

The panel will discuss race-related topics and hold a question-and-answer session after the discussion. Panelists will include Donald L. Graham, federal judge; Rodney Baltimore, Hot 105 Talk Radio host; Joaquin Willis, pastor; Vernell Reynolds, officer and president of Miami Community Police Benevolent Association; Charlton Copeland, UM professor; Vanessa Byers, immediate past president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University Alumni Association; and Lionel Moise, UM Student Government president.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Storer Auditorium is located at the School of Business Administration.

More on Charles J. Ogletree.

Official website of University of Miami Black Law Student Association


Documentary screening on Susanne Wenger: The Lady from Osogbo

The Africana Studies Program and the African Students Union (University of Miami), the Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation (creator of Osun Village)
and the African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor

proudly host a  screening of the documentary film:

The Lady from Osogbo

At the College of Arts & Sciences, Wesley Gallery

1210 Stanford Drive, University of Miami,
Coral Gables, Fl 33146

on  April 6 at 6:30 p.m.


The Lady of Osogbo highlights the legendary Susanne Wenger and the Goddess of the rivers and sweet waters Oshun, who is celebrated by Miami's multicultural communities, and is the inspiration for the Oshun's Village concept, here in Miami.

The film chronicles the efforts of the Austrian Artist, Activist and High Priestess Susanne Wenger, who spent 50 + years in Osogbo, Nigeria, fighting the Government and Developers to preserve an Ancient Sacred Grove with extinct herbs and plants.

Panel discussion and questions after the film including panelists Chief Nathaniel B. Styles, Jr., Olosun-Godson of Adunni Olorisa (Susanne Wenger) and co-founder of the African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor &  Osun Village, Miami, and Artists and Priestesses Princess Doyin Faniyi Olosun and Princess Ladunni Keshinro, visiting from Nigeria

Live traditional Yoruba drumming will be provided by Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele.


Click here for more information on Susanne Wenger.




UM Law professor sues site for racist rants

Law prof sues 'Above the Law' site for 'viciously racist series of rants'

Karen Sloan
November 02, 2009

It's the kind of story that tends to get big play on the legal blog Above the Law: A prominent University of Miami School of Law professor and civil rights advocate arrested on suspicion of soliciting an undercover officer for sex.

The blog had plenty of fun with the story in October 2007 with a series of posts about Donald Marvin Jones, whom it dubbed "The Nutty Professor."

The only problem was that it didn't happen that way, and the blog's coverage veered into racism, according to a lawsuit Jones has filed in federal court. He alleged that Above the Law portrayed him in a false light, invaded his privacy and infringed the university's copyright on his faculty photo. Jones seeks $22 million in damages.

An online article about the arrest by David Lat, Above the Law's managing editor "instigated its readers not only to read the post but also to join in what was clearly a viciously racist series of rants" directed at the African-American professor, the suit claims. [More]