February 24, 2022

Special Edition

Black History Month

In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling upon the public to “…seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month honors the contributions that African Americans have made in U.S. history, including Rosa Parks, Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, and our own alumnus William T. Robie III ’70, who was the first African American graduate from the College of Pharmacy. This year’s Black History Month 2022 theme is Black Health and Wellness.

Three PharmDawgs submitted entries into the “Black History Month Honor Roll.” Enjoy their stories!

Elizabeth Goddard
Origin of Family: I was born in Madison County and later moved to Athens. I am the fourth of six children. My mother died when I was nine-years-old, and my dad passed when I was 17-years-old. My mother’s sister took in four of us when my mother passed away. This adopted mother will be 97 next month! I don’t have any children myself.

Something(s) That Make Me Unique: I worked for the Clarke County School System for 30 years, and in May, I will have worked at UGA for 18 years. I’m in a motorcycle club, and I love to dance and meet new people. My color is purple, but I love doing different colors in my braided hair. I am a match freak, from head-to-toe! I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Mr. Goodbar, Snickers, and chocolate ice cream. I’m on Team Scorpio – in November, I will be 60-years old. God has seen me at my lowest point, but he was always beside me.
A young Elizabeth.
Cicely A. Hemphill
Student Affairs Professional III, Registrar

Origin of Family: My family is originally from Athens, GA! Go Dawgs!

Something(s) That Make Me Unique: I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate! I love brownies, chocolate candies, and cookies, but I absolutely loathe chocolate cake, chocolate icing, and especially chocolate pudding (see picture)! Also, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate ice-cream unless it has a costar, but I love Frosties from Wendy's!
Even at a young age, Cicely did NOT like chocolate pudding!
Vivia Hill-Silcott
Director of Diversity Programs & Academic Support

Origin of Family: My family originated from St. Elizabeth (mother)and Clarendon (father), Jamaica. The racial/ethnic background of my family includes, African, Western European, and Indian heritages. I am unclear about the details of my Cuban ancestry.

Something(s) That Make Me Unique: I was the first student at my high school to successfully run a chicken farm! I was given 500 chickens and a budget for food, utility, medicine, and staff. My project was a success, because I only lost six of my chickens to a family of mongooses. My friends and teachers volunteered more than a thousand hours to my farm, and my entire family pitched in to help on weekends. Four-hundred-and-ninety-four chickens made it to the slaughter house, and the profit was used to continue the student leadership development program at my school.
Vivia’s four siblings, niece, nephew, daughter, and mom.
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