Black History Month

February 1st - February 28th  

This celebration, which began in 1926, has been celebrated as a month-long event since 1976. This month embodies a discussion that is meant to educate our campus community about Black culture, history and progression. Each year this month reminds us of the past, but it also encourages diverse and continuous conversation to continue 365 days a year. Join TAMU-CC for a month of history, food, fun, prizes and more!

Black History Month Schedule of Events

Feb. 1- Black History Month Kickoff: 6:30pm-8:00pm in UC Anchor
Join the TAMU-CC Black History Month (BHM) committee as we kick-off Black History Month 2022 and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Come learn about all the events for the month, fellowship, and win prizes!

A special thanks to our Black History Month Kickoff sponsors: H-E-B, The Office of the Provost and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, The TAMU-CC Mary and Jeff Bell Library, and TAMU-CC University Services!

Feb. 2- African American Dialect Event: Noon in UC Bayview Room 
Despite the popular myth, African American English (AAE) is not as monolithic, and not as simple as one might think. There is a regional variation among AAE, generational differences, gender differences, and socioeconomic differences. A panel of experts will provide you with an opportunity to unpack some of these ideas, and share views, thoughts, and insights on African American English. 

Feb. 4- Gardening Work Day: 9:00am-Noon at The Garden (on campus)Join the Black Student Union (BSU) as we learn to take ownership of our health through gardening! In collaboration with the Islander Green Team, we will take time to destress and appreciate our beautiful Islander Garden + Free Prize give-a-ways! All Islanders are welcome to join us as we enrich ourselves in a morning filled with knowledge & peace.

Feb. 7- Film and Discussion Event “24”: 5:00pm-8:30pm in UC Jetty
We will watch and discuss the film "24", the first live-action film depicting the Houston rebellion led by members of the 24th Infantry. Food and drink will be provided. 

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Feb. 10- Dr. Terrence Roberts Mentoring Lunch Talk: 11:30am in UC Bayview Room  
You are invited to a mentoring lunch with Dr. Terrence Roberts. RSVP for the opportunity to meet with our guest speaker in a setting to discuss topics from leadership and teamwork to lessons from Little Rock. RSVP on I-Engage. 

Feb. 10- Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine: 7:00pm in the PAC 
Join us for an evening with Dr. Terrence James Roberts. He is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students who, in 1957, were the first Black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School. Free and open to the public. Reserve your seats at tamucc.tix.com

Feb. 14: Douglass Day Transcribe-A-Thon. 11:00AM-2:00PM in UC Jetty Room 123, or join on Zoom at https://tamucc.zoom.us/j/91067506438 . Meeting ID: 910 6750 6438 
Although Frederick Douglass never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th. We celebrate this date as a moment for creating Black history together. This year, help us transcribe the records of the Colored Conventions, the nineteenth century’s longest campaign for Black civil rights. Together we can learn about the long history of Black activism — including the important roles of Black women in the conventions! 
 
Feb. 15- Writing Through Healing: 10:00am in UC Bayview Room 
College of Liberal Arts Dean, Shawnrece Campbell, Ph.D., will explore the benefits of expressive writing as a form of self-healing.   
 
Feb. 18- Black Mental Health Matters: 3:30pm in Classroom East 115 (UCC Group Room) 
This workshop will focus on the wellness needs of Black and African American students. We will host guest speakers with representation from our TAMU-CC Black campus leaders and explore topics related to wellness, mental health, leadership, and success while providing support and fellowship for Black students.
 
Feb. 19- BHM Movie Night- 8:00pm in the Miramar Rec Center 
Join our Islander residents as we watch Moonlight and observe a PowerPoint about homophobia within the Black community and how this leads to trauma in generations and later stages of development. Residents will also have the opportunity to enjoy free snacks as a part of the program.
 
Feb. 21- Campus Conversations: The State of Black America: Noon to 1:00pm in UC Anchor Ballroom AB 

Join us as we discuss the state of Black America with students, faculty, and staff of the TAMU-CC community. This event will highlight the Black community, their culture, and more.

 

Feb. 23- HeadSTRONG: Tackling the Challenges of Mental Health as a Black Athlete: Noon in UC Jetty  
As more famous athletes of color publicly disclose their mental health challenges, we hope others are finding their voice and learning that reaching out for help can reduce the stigma of mental health. Hear from panelists to learn the trends in sports, personal experiences, and how to find support for student athletes of color. Lunch provided, please RSVP on I-Engage. Brought to you by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Athletic Department, and the University Counseling Center.
 
Feb. 24- Poetry Slam- 6:00pm at Momentum Village Phase 2 Clubhouse 
What is poetry slam? Join your fellow Islanders to learn more and experience the culture and history of spoken word poetry. Calling all experienced and inexperienced poets to participate. 
 
Feb. 25- Black Mental Health Matters: 3:30pm in Classroom East 115 (UCC Group Room) 
This workshop will focus on the wellness needs of Black and African American students. We will host guest speakers with representation from our TAMUCC Black campus leaders and explore topics related to wellness, mental health, leadership, and success while providing support and fellowship for Black students. Brought to you by the University Counseling Center.
 
Feb. 28- Meet and Greet with the President, Dr. Kelly Miller: 11:00am-12:30pm in CCH President Suite
An opportunity to meet our very own TAMU-CC President. Free refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win a BHM shirt. RSVP required.
 
Feb. 28- ICA Spirit of MLK Awards Reception: 3:00pm in UC Lonestar Ballroom 
Join the Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) as they honor students, faculty, staff, and community members who have demonstrated the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their annual award celebration. To nominate individuals, visit MLK Spirit Award Nomination Form. 
 
POSTPONED- March 3rd
Drum Circle: 2:00pm on the East lawn (Rain Location - Dugan Wellness Center, Gymnasium, Green Court 1) 
Participate in a live drum circle with your fellow Islanders. Participants will be invited to play small drums, tambourines, shakers, bells, woods, and plastic tubes. No previous music experience is required. Brought to you by TAMU-CC's own, Dr. Lon Seiger.
 
POSTPONED - Met Gala: TBA
You are invited to the Black Student Union's 2022 Met Gala! A luxurious evening featuring guest celebrity appearances, comedic performances, award ceremonies, giveaways, and FREE FOOD!! Come dressed to impress in your all-white formal attire for our theme: Gods and Goddesses. Be ready to socialize, eat, and have a great time! All are welcome, but RSVP is required! To secure your spot, visit I-Engage.
 
Events Happening All Month:
BHM Trivia- Hosted by the Library and the Office of Student Conduct and Advocacy- Follow @tamucclibrary on Instagram to participate.
University Center- UC Black History Month Periodic Table  
2nd Floor Library- Color of Expressions 
Library- Honoring Our Firsts