Chapter Programs

Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive

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Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950), American surgeon, a pioneer in the development of blood banks. Drew showed that blood plasma lasts longer than whole blood and helped establish blood banks to serve the Allies in Europe during World War II (1939-1945).  In 1941 Drew became the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, and thereafter he tried to make the public aware that blood banks do not need to be segregated by race. He practiced medicine and taught surgery throughout his career.  "Dr. Drew set up and ran the blood plasma bank in the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City which served as one of the models for the widespread system of blood banks now in operation for the American Red Cross."

Why is it important for African Americans to donate more frequently?

There are a number of reasons:

The Eta Zeta Chapter encourages both students and faculty to donate to this worthy cause.  For more information on becoming a donor, visit



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Annual Candlelight Vigil

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Each year the Eta Zeta Chapter organizes a candlelight vigil and march around the square for the City of Oxford and surrounding areas.  This program is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the dream he had for the future of all mankind.  The program consists of singers, guest speakers, and awards for outstanding citizens.  Each year the number of participants continues to grow.

Thanks to all those who continue to make this event possible!