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Augusta University celebrates Black History Month

In honor of our country’s African-American heritage, Augusta University will host various events throughout Black History Month.

 This year’s theme, The Crisis in Black Education, speaks of the role of education in the history of African Americans and the university will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the school’s Medical College of Georgia. This event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons. Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will be the speaker.

The program, Commemorating the Past and Envisioning the Future, will also include the recognition of  Dr. Frank Rumph and the late Dr. John T. Harper, Sr., the medical school’s first black students.

Other activities during the month include Augusta University’s Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Lindsey West’s presentation on implicit racial bias in medical school admissions on Feb. 8 and a read-in with Dr. Maryemma Graham, distinguished professor of English at the University of Kansas, on Feb. 23.

For a complete list of Augusta University’s Black History Month activities, visit  or contact the school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 706-721-9265.

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