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Black History Month

Events at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Black History Month 2019

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

To nominate a student, faculty or staff member for the Spirit of MLK Exemplary Awards which are presented at the annual MLK Awards Luncheon complete form here.

 

January Events

1/18  10am

Ask an Islander Facebook Live with Black History Month Committee

For more information, contact Bonnie Stewart-Richlen (361) 825-3182 or email Bonnie.Stewart-Richlen@tamucc.edu

 

1/21 8:30am-10:30am

YWCA Racial Justice Forum

YWCA Corpus Christi will hold their Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Racial Justice Forum themed “Shall We Dance?”. While championing the mission of “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women,” YWCA Corpus Christi invites panelists and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that will lead to engagement to action.  The goal is to encourage people to do their part, to bring acceptance across cultures, challenge people to widen their own social circles and discuss an implementation of best practices for diversity and inclusion.  This community event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Sharon Bailey Lewis (361) 765-2562.

 

1/21  Noon

MLK Community March 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Corpus Christi Alumnae Chapter’s 33rd Annual MLK Commemorative March begins at Nueces County Courthouse, 901 Leopard Street, and ends at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Upper Broadway Street.  For more information, email corpuschristidst@gmail.com.

 

1/21  1pm – 5pm

MLK Day of Service – Ritz Theatre

Join the Student Volunteer Connection for "A Day On, Not A Day Off." Students will be helping to repair, restore, and revive the historic Ritz Theatre to its former glory. The Ritz Theatre is one of the last historic buildings remaining in Corpus Christi. Built in 1929, The Ritz was the 1st talking movie theater in the area, one of the finest theatres in Texas, and is best known as The Ritz Music Hall in the 1970s, home to a great range of artists from Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica and Def Leppard.  This event is open to all TAMU-CC students.  To participate, please fill out the MLK Day of Service waiver at https://tamucc.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/238901. For more information, contact SVC (361) 825-2106 or email SVC@tamucc.edu.

 

 

February Events

2/1 - 2/28

Black History Month Display and Trivia Contest - Mary and Jeff Bell Library

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will feature interactive displays and displays with local black history and collection highlights throughout the library. 

 

2/4 4pm-5:30pm

Campus Conversations: Healthy Living - University Center, Oso Room 221 

There are unique challenges and experiences People of Color go through related to health from access to health care, treatment, and the health issues themselves. Mental health, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and STDs continue to be higher in the Black community. Cynthia Bunton-Gonzales with South Texas Family Planning & Health Corporation will facilitate a discussion and share insight on healthy living.  For more information, contact Deshawna Colvin (361) 825-2289 or email Deshawna.Colvin@tamucc.edu.

 

2/7 1pm-3pm

Lecture and Reception, The Power of People with Alumna Liza Wisner – University Center, Anchor Ballroom C

An award-winning television personality, Liza will share personal stories about finding her unique voice, cultivating confidence, and building her incredible future as a TAMU-CC alumna.  This event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact Delaney Foster (361) 825-3925 or email Delaney.Foster@tamucc.edu

 

2/11-2/13 10am-4pm

Tunnel of Freedom – University Center, Anchor Ballrooms A & B

The Tunnel of Freedom is an interactive display created to educate our students and the community about the historic journey of African Americans.  Feel free to explore at your own pace as you read about the many important steps in the African American experience while considering the trials and tribulations that we still face as we work towards making this world a more inclusive and welcoming place for us all. For more information, contact Deshawna Colvin (361) 825-2289 or email Deshawna.Colvin@tamucc.edu.

 

2/12 5pm-6:30pm

Reel Talk: a mental health film & Discussion Series - University Center, Lonestar Ballrooms 142C

Film screening of White Like Me: Race, Racism, & White Privilege in America and discussion.  For more information, contact Dr. Alison Marks at (361) 825-2703

 

2/13 12pm-1pm

Unschooled: Bougie or Trashy-The Origins and Power of Stereotypes – University Center, Lonestar Ballrooms A & B

Enjoy a free meal while discussing what research has to tell us about the origin of stereotypes. Tell us how you defy the stereotype!  RSVP on I-Engage: https://tamucc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2049640. For more information, contact Delaney Foster (361) 825-3925 or email Delaney.Foster@tamucc.edu.

 

2/13 6pm-8pm

Poetry Slam, Presented by Islander Cultural Alliance - University Center, Lonestar Ballroom 

Poet and spoken word artist Ashlee Haze will host and perform at Islander Cultural Alliance’s Black History Month Poetry Slam.  Local poets, TAMUCC students, staff, and faculty are invited to read their favorite or original pieces in celebration of Black History Month. TAMUCC students are invited to compete for prizes by performing original works.  Register for the competition on I-Engage: https://tamucc.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/248292.  For more information, contact ICA (361) 825-2539 or email ICA@tamucc.edu.

 

2/14 3:30pm-4:30pm

Unschooled: Bougie or Trashy-The Origins and Power of Stereotypes – University Center, Copano 216

Enjoy a free meal while discussing what research has to tell us about the origin of stereotypes. Tell us how you defy the stereotype!  RSVP on I-Engage: https://tamucc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2049640.For more information, contact Delaney Foster (361) 825-3925 or email Delaney.Foster@tamucc.edu.

 

2/15 4pm-5pm 

Campus Conversations: Microaggression - O'Connor Building 145 

Microaggression exists in everyday language whether it is indirect, subtle, unintentional or intentional. Dr. Bilaye Benibo, Sociology Professor at TAMUCC, will educate and facilitate a discussion on microaggression.  This conversation will leave attendees with a better understanding of the everyday language, verbal and nonverbal, used to insult and separate people.  For more information, contact Deshawna Colvin (361) 825-2289 or email Deshawna.Colvin@tamucc.edu.

 

2/19 9:30am-6:15pm

PASS Civil Rights Movie Day - University Center, Anchor Ballroom A

9:30-11:30 Remember the Titans

11:45-1:45 Mississippi Burning

2:00-4:00 Glory Road

4:15-6:15 Great Debaters

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews Patricia.Spaniol-Mathews@tamucc.edu 

 

2/20 12pm-1pm

Campus Conversations: Why Does My Hair Bother You? - University Center, Oso Room 221

Come join in on the Campus Conversation as we dive deep to discuss the cultural and political controversy of Black hair.  Why is there so much debate about Black hair?  This discussion, facilitated by Ms. Angela Walker, Associate Dean of Students, will take a look at the journeys Black women have experienced with their hair and how it’s perceived, judged, and graded using a European standard of beauty.  For more information, contact Angela Walker (361) 825-6219 or email Angela.Walker@tamucc.edu.

 

2/22 12pm-1pm

Campus Conversations: Separate But Equal From the Civil War to Today – O’Connor Building 133

Dr. Shane Gleason, Assistant Professor of Political Science at TAMUCC, will explain the very complex and controversial relationship between race and the law. For more information, contact Deshawna Colvin (361) 825-2289 or email Deshawna.Colvin@tamucc.edu.

 

2/25 12pm-1:30pm

Campus Conversations: Codeswitching - University Center, Oso Room 221

You ever feel like you can never really be who you truly are? You shift based on the people you are around? Codeswitching is the “act of altering how you express yourself based on the audience you are around”.  Deshawna Colvin will facilitate a discussion on codeswitching.  For more information, contact Deshawna Colvin (361) 825-2289 or email Deshawna.Colvin@tamucc.edu.

 

2/26 11am-2pm

CAB Coffeehouse-University Center, Tejas Lounge

For more information, contact Campus Activities Board (361) 825-2363 or email CAB@tamucc.edu.

 

2/26 7pm-9pm

Step Afrika!-Performing Arts Center

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The event is appropriate for all ages.  It is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact Susan La Torre (361) 825-5778 or email susan.latorre@tamucc.edu.

 

2/27 11:30am-1:30pm

MLK Awards Luncheon-University Center, Lonestar Ballrooms

The Islander Cultural Alliance will celebrate the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the MLK Awards Luncheon. Join us in recognizing students, faculty, and staff who exemplify the ideals of MLK.  RSVP on I-Engage: LINK.  To nominate a student, staff, faculty, or alum: LINK. For more information, contact ICA (361) 825-2539 or email ICA@tamucc.edu

 

2/27 7:00pm

Ouvrir La Voix Film Screening and Discussion-Center for Instruction, Room 127

History Professor Sandrine Sanos will screen Speak Up/Make Your Way (Ouvrir La Voix) and facilitate a discussion on Afrofeminism.  Ouvrir La Voix is a film about francophone European Black women from the diaspora. It showcases art performances and compelling storytelling from those who are usually spoken of or spoken for. The film focuses on our common experience related to our minority status in predominantly White ex-colonial countries while highlighting the great diversity of our Afro-pean communities. Ouvrir La Voix aims at bringing to light our existence at the crossroad of multiple discriminations that go way beyond our “Black women” status. It is a statement from francophone European black women about why we choose to reclaim their narrative. For more information, contact Dr. Beth Robinson (361) 825-3385 or email Beth.Robinson@tamucc.edu.

 

 

BHM Reoccurring events:

Campus Conversations Weekly Series

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Library Display – Feb 1st-28th

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DNA Project  

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 Visit our I-Engage portal Here

 

If you are interested in being a part of next year’s Black History Month Committee, please contact Stephanie Schmidt at 361-825-2707 or stephanie.schmidt@tamucc.edu