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Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah

February 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In honor of African American History Month, the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah are pleased to invite you to a Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah. The work and collections of three prominent civil rights activists in the current and past history of African Americans in Utah–Rev. France Davis, Dr. Charles James Nabors, and Mr. Herman Hooten– will be featured.

The exhibit runs February 14-March 3, 2017 at the Eccles Health Sciences Library and is open during regular library hours. A community reception in honor of African American History Month will be held at EHSL on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:00-5:30PM. The support of Rev. France Davis, the Calvary Baptist Church, and the J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collection Division in loaning their materials for this exhibit is greatly appreciated.

Rev. France Davis, civil rights activist and minister of the Calvary Baptist Church, University of Utah graduate (Masters in Mass Communication) as well as recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Utah (1993), has been a minister at the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City for over 40 years. His advocacy for justice, civil rights, and human rights is deeply respected in the Salt Lake community. His collection of photographs documenting African American history in Georgia and in Salt Lake City will be featured in this exhibit.

Charles James Nabors, Ph.D., former assistant professor of anatomy in the School of Medicine and later Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs, School of Medicine, was the first African American faculty member at the University of Utah. Throughout his career, Dr. Nabors worked tirelessly to assist under-represented students in the health sciences. As a civil rights activist and member of the NAACP, SLC chapter, he worked to raise awareness of racial discrimination and the injustices that were generally invisible to the community at large. Dr. Nabors was also politically active on the national level. The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion’s Charles James Nabors, Ph.D. Conference Series, recognizes and honors Dr. Charles James Nabors’ dedication to civil rights. The series showcases patient voices from various communities and their thoughts on how to improve health care quality. The Wednesday, February 22, 2017, NOON panel presentation in the Public Health Classroom, located at 375 Chipeta Way Suite A, focuses on African American Health and Wellness.

Herman Hooten, M.S.W., served as the Director of the University of Utah’s Ethnic Minority Health Science Center and as Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In these roles, Mr. Hooten recruited local students, who are underrepresented in medicine and who demonstrate academic talent to attend the university with scholarship support. Mr. Hooten assisted them in pursuing careers in health care and other professional sectors. In recognition of his efforts, the University of Utah Health Science’s Office of Health Equity & Inclusion has named its travel awards after Mr. Hooten.

Please RSVP for the Exhibit Reception at the Eccles Health Sciences Library (Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:00-5:30PM)


February 21, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Eccles Health Sciences Library Room 29/30
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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