By: Tyler Schultz Photo courtesy of: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Black History Month is the annual observance of the progress, achievements, and struggles of Black Americans throughout history. The month provides many opportunities to honor the history of Black Americans while expanding knowledge and learning what one can do to support the continuing progress today. Here are some events taking place in and around the Coastal Bend to honor Black History Month.
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Black History Month Kick-Off
TAMU-CC UC Anchor Ballroom from 6:30-8:00 PM
Join the TAMU-CC Black History Month committee as they kick off Black History Month 2022 and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Guests will learn about all the events for the month, fellowship, and win prizes!
African American Dialect Event
TAMU-CC UC Bayview Room at 12:00 PM
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.
Proclamation Reading by TABPHE-CC
Nueces County Courthouse
The TABPHE of Corpus Christi will be reading proclamations in honor of Black History Month at the Nueces County Courthouse. Chapters of various other cultural organizations have been invited to attend and participate in this special event in Nueces County.
Black Student Union Paint Night
TAMU-CC UC Oso Room from 7:00-9:00 PM
Join the Black Student Union (BSU) for a fun-filled experience – in UC Oso, from 7-9 pm – where you can chat with friends, meet new people, laugh, and paint. The best part: no art experience is needed! You can follow the provided reference painting or go rogue and create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
K Space Contemporary from 10:00AM-12:00PM
A free workshop exploring the designs, symbolism, and historic relevance of the underground railroad quilts in the United States, led by Professor Leila Hernandez. The event will explore the mnemonic device of the quilts used to safely guide escaped slaves to freedom and how it has influenced art today. The event is free and materials are provided. You can RSVP online and walk-ins are more than welcome.
Film Discussion Event
TAMU-CC UC Jetty Room from 5:00-8:30 PM
Guests 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 drinks will be provided.
Proclamation Reading by TABPHE-CC
City of Corpus Christi City Hall
The TABPHE of Corpus Christi will be reading proclamations in honor of Black History Month at the Corpus Christi City Hall. Chapters of various other cultural organizations and political leaders have been invited to attend and participate in this special event in Corpus Christi.
Campus Conversations: The State of Black America
TAMU-CC UC Lonestar Ballroom at 12:00 PM
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.
Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine
TAMUCC Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM
Spend an evening with Dr. Terrence James Roberts. Dr. Roberets 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. This even is free and open to the public. Reserve your seats at tamucc.tix.com.
Home School Day: Black History Month
Museum of Science and History from 1:00-3:00 PM
For those who are homeschooled, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is hosting a special homeschool day in honor of Black History Month. Join as they dive into the Civil Rights Movement and highlight people leading the cause. Not only will you make our own “I Have a Dream” Journals but you’ll also have fun with songs and artifacts from the 1950s-70s. Not to mention cool experiments inspired by famous Black scientists across the ages!
Nationwide Digitize Black Congress
All Day at the TAMU-CC Library
In honor of Frederick Douglas Day, help TAMU-CC transcribe the records of the Colored Conventions, the nineteenth century’s longest campaign for Black Civil Rights.
NAACP Townhall on Civil Rights
Museum of Science & History at 6:00 PM
An open conversation surrounding the history of civil rights in the United States and continued efforts for progress. Take a look at the history of Black Americans and the path that has led us to today.
NAACP Black Tie Diamond Ball
Corpus Christi Country Club at 6:00 PM
ICA Spirit of MLK Awards Reception
TAMUCC UC Lonestar Ballroom at 3:00 PM
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 the ICA I-Engage page.