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Black History Month

Events at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Black History Month 2020

Join TAMU-CC's Annual Celebration of Black History Month

If you are a member of the community and plan to attend a Black History Month event on campus, please contact Carla Gaona in advance of the event to have your parking needs addressed.

  

Monday, January 20

34th Annual MLK Commemorative March

12 pm // Nueces County Courthouse

Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Corpus Christi Alumnae Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority invites everyone to join them in celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday with the Annual Martin Luther King Commemorative March.
The March will begin at 12:00 noon at the Nueces County Courthouse located at 901 Leopard Street with opening ceremonies. Led by the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi, participants will depart from the courthouse and then proceed to Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 700 S. Upper Broadway.

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Tuesday, January 28 - Thursday, January 30

Black History Month Tunnel

10 am - 3 pm  // UC Lonestar Ballrooms

Presented by Project GRAD

Project GRAD’s Black History Month Tunnel is an interactive display to educate our students and the community about the historic journey of Black culture. Feel free to explore at your own pace as you read about the trials and tribulations in history and those we still face as we work towards making a more inclusive and welcoming place for all. The tunnel will be open January 28-30, 2020 from 10 am - 3 pm in the University Center Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Deshawna Colvin at deshawna.colvin@tamucc.edu.

Wednesday, January 29

Black Islanders Meet & Greet

11 am - 1 pm // Corpus Christi Hall (CCH) 274 in the President's Suite

Presented by the Office of the President, Islander Pledge Initiative, and Project GRAD.

Black Islanders Meet & Greet mixer. An opportunity for Black students to meet and engage with Dr. Kelly Miller, TAMU-CC President / CEO.

RSVP on I-Engage.

For more information, please contact Angela Walker at angela.walker@tamucc.edu

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Thursday, January 30

Black  History Jeopardy

6:30pm // UC Bayview

Presented by the Office of Engagement Initiatives & the Black History Month Committee

Join us for a night of trivia as we explore the honorable facts and figures of Black History. We will have questions on everything from black inventors to pop culture. Gather a team of 3-5 people and use the QR code to sign up and  compete against your fellow Islanders for several rounds of Black History Jeopardy. We will have prizes for the top two teams and a nacho bar!

For more information, please contact Kayla Stovall at kayla.stovall@tamucc.edu

Tuesday, February 4

Drum Circle

12:30 pm // East Lawn (rain location: UC Lonestar AB)

Presented by the Department of Kinesiology and the Black History Month Committee

Come celebrate Black History Month and participate in a real "live" drum circle! Participants will be invited to play small drums, tambourines, shakers, bells, woods, and plastic tubes. The rhythms program promises to be fun and no previous musical experience is necessary. Hope to see you at the event!

For more information, please contact Dr. Lon Seiger at lon.seiger@tamucc.edu

 

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Wednesday, February 5

Fenty Shades of Beige: Colorism & Beauty Norms

12 - 1 pm // UC Bayview

Presented by Inclusive Islander Network and Black History Month Committee

 Join us to explore the history of this topic and have an interactive conversation of how it has affected the society that we live in today. For thousands of years white or light skin has been considered the “right” skin to many of societies standards when it comes to beauty, employability, and even trustworthiness. This unfortunate reality has marginalized millions of men and women all over the world which has led to some going through extreme health-threatening measures to lighten their skin to be more “acceptable”. We will discuss how to be actively aware of this reality and what role we all can play to celebrate, appreciate, and be inclusive to melanin rich skin tones! Free lunch provided.

RSVP on I-Engage

For more information, please contact Delaney Vampran-Foster at delaney.foster@tamucc.edu

Thursday, February 6

Fenty Shades of Beige: Colorism & Beauty Norms

3:30 - 4:30 pm // UC Bayview

Presented by Inclusive Islander Network and Black History Month Committee

Join us to explore the history of this topic and have an interactive conversation of how it has affected the society that we live in today. For thousands of years white or light skin has been considered the “right” skin to many of societies standards when it comes to beauty, employability, and even trustworthiness. This unfortunate reality has marginalized millions of men and women all over the world which has led to some going through extreme health-threatening measures to lighten their skin to be more “acceptable”. We will discuss how to be actively aware of this reality and what role we all can play to celebrate, appreciate, and be inclusive to melanin rich skin tones! Free lunch provided.

RSVP on I-Engage

For more information, please contact Delaney Vampran-Foster at delaney.foster@tamucc.edu

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The Black Arts Movement: Select Scenes & Talkback

 

 

 

 

This event has been postponed until a later date, for more information, please contact Dr. Wendy Walker at wendy.walker@tamucc.edu.

 

Monday, February 10

Campus Conversation: State of Black Hair

6:30 pm // UC Anchor Ballrooms

Presented by Project GRAD, Aspire Studios, and Islander Pledge Initiative

Project GRAD and Islander Pledge will host a Campus Conversation: The State of Black Hair on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:30pm-8pm in the University Center Anchor Ballrooms. Led by local stylist from Aspire Studios, the event will educate the campus community on healthy ways to manage hair and maintain cultural identity. A reception will follow the event to allow attendees to ask additional questions. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Angela Walker at angela.walker@tamucc.edu or Deshawna Colvin at deshawna.colvin@tamucc.edu

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Tuesday, February 11

Hiplet Ballerinas

6 pm // Performing Arts Center

Presented by Project GRAD

Hiplet Ballerinas are a powerful fusion of ballet and hip hop that is redefining what ballet is. Join Project GRAD Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6pm in the Performing Arts Center for a community-wide celebration that is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Deshawna Colvin at deshawna.colvin@tamucc.edu

 

Wednesday, February 12 

Documentary & Discussion: It Is Well

12 pm - 3:00 pm // UC Lonestar C

Presented by Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) and Black History Month Committee

ICA is proud to present “It Is Well” by Director Bennie R. Mitchell III. “It Is Well” is the documentary film on Rev. B. R. Mitchell, Jr.’s life and legacy. It has taken a little over 10 years to complete and Rev. Mitchell’s family is very excited to share the finished 74-minute film. The film highlights a few of Rev. Mitchell’s talents, contributions and accomplishments. “It Is Well” is Bennie R. Mitchell, III’s directorial debut and first feature film.

For more information, please contact Delaney Vampran-Foster at delaney.foster@tamucc.edu

 

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Thursday, February 13

Lunch & Movie

11 am - 2 pm // UC Lonestar B

Presented by Project GRAD

Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) will host a free Lunch & Movie on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 11am-2pm in the University Center Lonestar Ballroom B. Lunch will be provided by Project GRAD.

For more information, please contact Deshawna Colvin at deshawna.colvin@tamucc.edu

Friday, February 14

Douglass Day

11 am - 2 pm // Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Presented by Department of English, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, and Black History Month Committee

“Douglass Day is a holiday that began around the turn of the 20th century. After the passing of Frederick Douglass in 1895, Black communities across the U.S. gathered to celebrate his birthday every year on February 14th...Douglass Day may have been one of the original inspirations for Black History Month. This year we will celebrate with a transcribe-a-thon and a read-a-thon on the life of the visionary writer, intellectual, activist and educator Anna Julia Cooper.” See http://douglassday.org/ for more information about the history of Douglass Day.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Salter at sarah.salter@tamucc.edu

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Tuesday, February 18

MLK Awards and Performance

3 - 5 pm // UC Lonestar A & UC Tejas

Click here to nominate!

Presented by Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA)

Join us to honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior at a party full of student performances, delicious food, honoring of recipients, and an inspirational address. 

For more information, please contact Delaney Vampran-Foster at delaney.foster@tamucc.edu

 

Wednesday, February 19

Building on Resilience: A Chat with Dr. Fred Bonner

6:30-8:30pm // Bay Hall 103

This Black History Month session will take an in-depth look at several frameworks and models with a critical focus on the Academically Gifted Black Male Engagement and Scholar Identity Models. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to consider research and initiatives related to African American and LatinX Males in P-20 school settings. In addition, Bonner will share practical strategies used to support these student populations.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Contact Dr. Rosie Banda for more information at rosie.banda@tamucc.edu.

 

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Tuesday, February 18

African American Quilts: The Story Behind the Code  

11 am - 2 pm // UC Jetty

Presented by I-CARE, Islander Pledge Initiative, and Project GRAD

Needing a break to rest your mind, body and spirit?  How about quilting as an alternative to self-care?  Mrs. Vicki West, a Quilter, Teacher, and Maker, is the owner of Sewing Seed Quilts.  She will be a featured guest speaker to discuss the history, mystery and lore of the underground railroad quilt code. What was the Underground railroad?  How was this secret kept from slave owners?  What was the code and is it true that quilts played a part in the slaves journey to freedom.  These questions and more are untangled in the tales. Guests will be given an opportunity to create quilt blocks that may have been used to guide slaves.

Mrs. West will also share what the craft of quilting has bought to her as an African American Quilter in Texas.  A Trunk show of Vintage African American Quilts, as well as, a selection of her quilts will be presented.

RSVP on i-Engage!

For more information, please contact Angela Walker at angela.walker@tamucc.edu.

 

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Gospel Explosion

 This event has been postponed until a later date, for more information please contact Angela Walker at angela.walker@tamucc.edu

 

 

Tuesday, February 25

Stories From Our Own Backyard: The Undocumented Story of African Americans in Corpus Christi

6-8pm // UC Lonestar

Presented by: Black History Month Committee, TABPHE (Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education)—Corpus Christi Chapter, and TAMUCC’s History Department.

Prominent members of Corpus Christi’s local African-American community reflect on their experiences, particularly in the Hillcrest and North Side neighborhoods.  History professor James Klein of Del Mar College will moderate; panelists include Rev. Adam Carrington, Tina Butler, and other prominent local leaders.  Photographs and other documentary history will be on display before and after the event.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Angela Walker at angela.walker@tamucc.edu. 

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Monday, January 27 - Thursday, February 27

Who Am I? The Identity of Self Through DNA Exhibit

Ongoing // 2nd floor of Library

Presented by the DNA Research Team

Visit the Mary and Jeff Bell Library’s first floor exhibit, January 27th – February 27th to view a collection of portraits, journal entries, and interview transcripts of the DNA Project Participants. These individuals explored their concepts of self through their family oral traditions – what they’ve been taught throughout their lives - versus their perceptions of self after taking a DNA test – who science says they are. Explore their stories, challenge your own beliefs and opinions; then ask yourself, “Who am I?” 

Color Expressions Art Exhibit

Ongoing // 2nd floor of Library

Presented by Project GRAD

Project GRAD and Academic Affairs will host the Color Expressions Art Exhibit January 27, 2020 through February 27, 2020 in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on the second floor with the goal of showcasing work by Black students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

For more information, please contact Deshawna Colvin at Deshawna.colvin@tamucc.edu

 

 

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BHM Facebook Trivia Contest

Ongoing / CLICK HERE!

Presented by Mary and Jeff Bell Library and Office of the Associate Dean of Students

Tune in to the Mary and Jeff Bell Library's Facebook page, @TAMUCCLibrary, for a daily BHM trivia question, February 1-29. Those who answer correctly first will be entered into a weekly drawing for some amazing prizes!! Will you be one of our lucky winners?

Black History Celebration library Guide

Ongoing // online

Presented by Mary and Jeff Bell Library

An online database of books, journals, articles, films, a link to the BHM Facebook Trivia contest, and much, more more. Check it out to continue learning about this important month at your own pace!

Click Here!

 

 

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If you are interested in being a part of next year’s Black History Month Committee, please contact ICA at ICA@tamucc.edu