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Weekly Challenger Chronology & Tampa Bay African American History Research Guide

2020

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August 21, 2020
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"Gibbs 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 21, 2020.
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"For more than a quarter of a century, the Gibbs Gladiator Alumni Association has been celebrating extraordinary athletes and inducting them into the Gladiator Hall of Fame. Earlier this year, 16 outstanding athletes were honored for athleticism.
The ceremony took place days before the passing of Minson Rubin, Gibbs Gladiator Alumni Association, Inc. president. He spent countless hours ensuring that the legacy of Gibbs High School would never be forgotten."

"Kudos to Kriseman and the Edge Central Development Group."
By Goliath J. Davis, III, Ph.D., Contributor, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 21, 2020.
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"The recent press release by Mayor Rick Kriseman regarding the impending development at the site of the old police complex is good news on two fronts.
It announced the mixed-use complex slated for the site and the upcoming monument for the Courageous Twelve, a group of African-American police officers responsible for the full integration of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Their lawsuit changed the face of law enforcement in St. Pete, the Tampa Bay area, the State of Florida and the nation."

"Tote bag sheds light on Black connection to the ocean and taking care of the earth."
By Nicole Slaughter Graham, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 21 2020.
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"Black Lives Matter. Sustainability. Empowerment of women. Human connection to the water.
With the creation of a single tote bag, Gigi Lucas and Brianna Kilcullen hope to bring awareness to these and other issues in society."

"The 2021 summer and fall application process is underway at USF St. Petersburg."
By Serge W. Desir Jr., USF St. Petersburg, Director, Orientation and Enrollment Marketing Services, Aug. 21, 2020.
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"....I also want to take a minute to emphasize our commitment at USF’s St. Petersburg campus to welcoming students from south St. Petersburg. I am a proud graduate of Gibbs High School, and I want to do everything I can to help others from my community find success at USF St. Petersburg.
There are multiple pathways to gain entry to our university, from transitioning in as a transfer student to applying for the spring semester. We’re always available to talk to you about your options, so please don’t hesitate to reach out."

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"St. Pete High students call for the ‘decolonization’ of Pinellas County curriculum."
By Nicole Slaughter Graham, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 4, 2020.
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"In early June, a petition authored by three St. Petersburg High School students started circulating on Instagram. The petition, which has more than 200 signatures, called for the “decolonization” of the curriculum in Pinellas County and was addressed directly to School Board Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego." 

"Progress for whom?"
By Goliath J. Davis, III, Ph.D., Contributor, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 4, 2020
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"As far back as the call for urban renewal, Black communities have been victimized by programs and economic development initiatives implemented in the name of progress for Black folks but have, in reality, had the opposite effect. In many ways, the programs have been Trojan Horses, masquerading as African American improvements when, in fact, they have been forerunners to gentrification and white prosperity."

"USF St. Petersburg task force on diversity and inclusion seeks campus-community collaboration to address racial inequities."
The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 4, 2020.
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"In the wake of a series of police shootings and racial injustice incidents that ignited a national civil rights movement, USF’s St. Petersburg campus is working to bridge efforts between the university and the greater community to address pervasive racial inequities." 

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"Clearwater community investigates Black graves left behind." 
By J.A. Jones, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 12, 2020.
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"When a Clearwater resident went looking for a family member’s gravestone at an area cemetery and couldn’t locate it, a decades-old theory proved true. 
The St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church cemetery was relocated in the 1950s. However, many Clearwater residents suspected dozens of unmarked graves were left behind rather than reinterred at the Parklawn Memorial Cemetery for African Americans in Dunedin, as recorded. Today, at least part of the land that once held the cemetery has become the location for human resources company FrankCrum’s national headquarters, 100 S. Missouri Ave."

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"Decorated civil rights historian and campus champion Ray Arsenault to retire."
The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 18, 2020.
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"Historian Ray Arsenault was taken aback the first time he arrived on the USF St. Petersburg campus in 1980.
....Over the next four decades, Arsenault compiled a remarkable record as a teacher and historian of civil rights and the South, while playing a vital role in transforming the USF campus by the bay. He plans to retire from USF at the end of the 2020 fall semester."