Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah

Tallie Casucci

Tallie Casucci

In honor of African American History Month, the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library are pleased to present the Celebratory Retrospective on the History of African Americans in Utah. This exhibit and its corresponding reception will be hosted on the Main Level from February 14-March 3, 2017.

The exhibit features three extremely influential men responsible for the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit includes the work of renowned Utah activists:

  • Pastor France Davis (1946-Present):  Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, an author, and a leading voice for justice in Utah.
    • Wallace Thurman (1902–1934): Major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance as a Salt Lake native Author, Editor, Literary Critic, Playwright. *On display as part of Davis’ collection is Thurman’s famous book, The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life.
  • Herman Hooten (1950-2012):  University of Utah’s Ethnic Minority Director for the Health Sciences Center, and Assistant Dean of Minority Affairs for the School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Charles James Nabors (1934 -1986): 1st African American Faculty member at the University of Utah, Utah’s DNC leader during Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Utah’s NAACP leader. *Exhibit includes Kennedy’s original signature on his correspondence with Nabors.

Join us for the exhibit reception on Tuesday, February 21, at 4 – 5:30 pm. Pastor France Davis of the Calvary Baptist Church will contribute exclusive insight and background about his displayed collection. Attending this free reception allows a unique opportunity for U of U affiliates to witness accounts of personal stories and eye opening experiences straight from a man who actively fought for the Civil Rights Movement in Utah. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/AAHMReceptionRSVP.

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 healthcare 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. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/PatientVoiceAAHWRSVP.

Special thanks to Pastor France Davis, Calvary Baptist Church, and J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collection Division for loaning their materials to this exhibit.