The Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) would like to express our sincere thank you to everyone who brought cheesecakes or shared a donation to help us raise money for the AAA-ERG Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from this needs-based scholarship go to top local high school students entering college and pursuing STEM degrees.
The Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) is holding a cheesecake sale to raise money for the AAA-ERG Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from this needs-based scholarship go to top local high school students entering college and pursuing STEM degrees.
Gourmet’s Delight Cheesecakes are handmade and come in 14 flavors that measure nine inches in diameter and are pre-sliced into 14 restaurant-size portions. It’s a perfect holiday dessert to share with family or enjoy alone whenever you want a delicious treat.
Cheesecakes are delivered frozen and should be refrigerated (40° F) or frozen within six hours of delivery. Cheesecakes last up to six months in the freezer. Buy some to eat now, freeze some to eat later.
The assortment of cheesecakes is available for sale now through Thursday, October 20th. Payment: Cash, Check, Zelle, Venmo, or Cash App) payment is also due by October 20th.
Pickup/Delivery will on Monday, October 31, 2022. Time and date: TBD
Use the attached brochure to identify your selections, make your selections on the fillable form, and send to any of the AAA representatives below.
Walter McFall was a research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory who shifted into recruitment and helped diversify the ranks of engineers.
This year’s event will also serve as a memorial for Dr. Walter McFall, one of the Argonne Running Club’s founding members. During his 40-year long career as an accomplished Argonne scientist, Dr. McFall mentored thousands of early career scientists and helped recruit talented scientists, especially women
and people of color, to work at the lab. Dr. McFall died last year at the age of 87.
All employees are invited to celebrate the life of Dr. McFall and participate in either the 3.3-mile run or 1.3-mile walk. Event participants will receive vouchers for 100 Virgin Pulse Points. Registration opens on the day of the event. Volunteers will serve refreshments at the finish line.
Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Time: 11:45 am – registration opens / Noon – race starts
Place: TCS Building 240 Gazebo area (Near TCS Entrance/Northeast side)
~ 3.3-mile run and ~ 1.3-mile walk
Refreshments at the finish. All employees welcome!
Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and it identifies the date June 19,1865 that Union Troops led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and abolition of slavery.
The Civil War ended April 9, 1865.
The Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in confederate states was signed by President Abraham Lincoln January 1, 1863.
The 13th Amendment abolished Slavery in all the states, December 6, 1865
All of these dates were relevant in the freedom of African Americans from slavery, but June 19th is the one that is celebrated because it was the day that freedom reached those slaves in the most southern confederate state Texas; that were still in bondage even though they had been declared free almost two and a half years earlier by President Lincoln’s Proclamation.
We can celebrate Juneteenth and demonstrate Argonne’s Core Values of RESPECT for our African American coworkers; IMPACT on the relationships between African Americans and other ethnic groups; and INTEGRITY as we recognize how we can and should get along with one another.
By Robyn Wheeler Grange for the Argonne African American
Employee Resource Group
University of Chicago graduate Carter G. Woodson introduced the first celebration of Negro History Week in Chicago in February 1926. As a historian, he believed that American history could not be fully understood without studying the contributions of African Americans. Negro History Week would provide the context in which to highlight their accomplishments and their central role in history.
He chose February for the commemoration to build on the pre-existing birthday celebrations of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th). By doing so, he encouraged the extension of Black history beyond these two men to include the countless Black men and women who contributed to advance the nation specifically, and human civilization in general. Woodson’s idea was embraced across the country in schools and with the public. Teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils, Black history clubs sprang up, and as Black populations grew in cities, mayors issued Negro History Week proclamations.
As Black pride and identity increased in the late 1960s and early 1970s, President Gerald Ford responded by officially recognizing Black History Month. He called 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.” Today, this month-long celebration is embraced by other countries such as the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Each nation joins America by recognizing and honoring African people’s contributions to their history.
Woodson’s effort provides a powerful example of two of the core values we embrace at Argonne, Impact and Respect. His work has significantly transformed the way people think about African American history and fostered appreciation and respect for the contributions of African Americans to our nation.
The original intent of this month-long commemoration has not been fully realized. That is because Woodson never viewed Black history as a one-week or one-month matter. Woodson believed that African American history was too important to America and the world to be crammed into a limited time frame. So, he pressed for schools to use Negro History Week to demonstrate what students learned all year and established African American studies programs to reach adults throughout the year. Ultimately, his real intention was for there to be a time when an annual acknowledgment would no longer be necessary but rather, the study and celebration of African American history would be integrated into the fabric of our nation.
In recognition of Woodson’s real intent, the Argonne African American Employee Resource Group encourages everyone to regularly explore the contributions of all Americans to our national success story.
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