We are covering the major events that occurred between February 17th,2014 – February 24th, 2014
Do you enjoy discussions? Do you enjoy venturing out of your zone and discussing pertinent issues with your peers ? Did you miss the Center for Civic Engagement’s Dinner Conversations?
Fear not, Our monthly Dinner Conversations are back in action!
When: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Where: Plaza room east
What time? 7PM
FOOD IS PROVIDED
As the world becomes more globalized, it is increasingly important that we all stay informed and up date about the news. The Center for Civic Engagement every will now do a round up of news that happened in a week.
Here is the weekly news roundabout for the week of February 10th to February 16th:
Happy President’s Day Hofstra Comrades!
Do you take the day off today but don’t really know much about it? Do you crave to know some fun facts. Fear not, here are some facts about the holiday you can learn about and share with your friends:
1) President’s Day is actually our first President, George Washington’s Birthday!
2) In 1879, approximately one century later, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the bill making February 22nd a federal holiday.
3) It became common in the late 1980s for retailers to use Presidents’ Day as a day to sell off old stock
4) Since 1888, George Washington’s Farewell Address has been read in the senate on February 22nd of most years.
5) There were four presidents born in February including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Harrison and Ronald Reagan. Most celebrate Presidents’ Day in honor of the first two.
Each year when February comes around, in the United States Black History Month or also known as African-American History Month is celebrated. To celebrate this month, Hofstra’s Multicultural & International Student Programs Office is hosting a month-wide calendar of events.
Before you head out to one of their events, learn a couple of facts about this celebrated month.
Here are some facts:
1) Negro History week originated by President Carter and was first observed in 1926.
2) The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized in 1923.
3) Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Woman’s singles of the U.S National Figure Skating competition
4) The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S. Attorney General the power to bring school desegregation law suits.
5) Mohammad Ali, the self-proclaimed “greatest (boxer) of all time” was originally named after his father, who was named after the 19th-century abolitionist and political Cassius Marcellus Clay.
Who: Chris Remington (Former CCE Fellow and 2012 Radio Senior of the Year and graduate)
Where is he now: Working with CBS Radio
Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Civic Engagement!
Here are some facts about the first Thanksgiving:
Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving
- The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
- The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
- They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’.
- They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
- The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
- Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
- Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
- The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
Today, November 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
What happened that night?
On November 21, 1963, President Kennedy flew to Dallas, Texas for a campaign appearance. The next day, November 22, Kennedy, along with his wife and Texas governor John Connally, rode through cheering crowds in downtown Dallas in a Lincoln Continental convertible. From an upstairs window of the Texas School Book Depository building, a 24-year-old warehouse worker named Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine with Soviet sympathies, fired upon the car, hitting the president twice. Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital shortly thereafter, at the age of 46.
Famous Quotes by JFK:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”
” As we express our gratitude,w e must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”
“Things do not happen. Thanks are made to happen”
“If not not us, who? If not now, when?”
Happy Veterans Day!
Don’t forget to take time out of your day and thank a Veteran for your Freedom!
In honor of this day here are a few facts you may not know:
1) Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of the fighting of World War I.
2) Although first observed in 1919, Congress did not make it official until 1938. IN 1954, the name changed to Veterans Day. In the 1970s the date moved around in November, causing confusion, and President Gerald Ford in 1975 signed a law placing the observance on Nov. 11 and there it has remained.
3) Whats the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans day you may ask: Memorial Day, celebrated in May, honors those who lost their lives in service to our country, and Veterans Day, celebrated in November, honors all who have served and focusing on thanking living service members, past and present.
4) Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery.