Celebrating Black History Month in Corpus Christi

Celebrating Black History Month in Corpus Christi

From movie screenings to music showcases and enriching conversations, here is a run down of Black History Month events in Corpus Christi.

The Marian Anderson String Quartet will perform during TAMU-CC's Black History Month programming in Corpus Christi.

The Bravo! Series on Feb. 8 will feature the Marian Anderson String Quartet. | Photo provided by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Through numerous collaborations with various organizations and businesses in the Coastal Bend, events throughout Black History Month honor the achievements and advancements of Black Americans who have inspired others and paved the way for many successes.

Various community organizations celebrate Black History Month each year with enriching conversations, presentations and showcases — most of which are open to the public. Here is a run-down of Black History Month events in Corpus Christi for you to participate in. 

Belonging and Culture Summit | February 2 

Residents of Coastal Bend and visitors are invited to join the Corpus Christi Black Chamber  in a conversation examining a sense of belonging, and addressing biases and justice. The summit usually involves experts and professionals to share insights for creating a strong, inclusive and diverse culture. Del Mar College Oso Creek Campus, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Home School Day | February 2 

The Museum of Science and History is hosting Homeschool Day to celebrate Black History Month open to students in grades first through sixth. Students will learn the history of African American Scientists including George Washington Carver and attempt to recreate experiments. Family members of the students may walk around the museum while the lesson takes place. The price of admission includes the programming for that day. Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

STEM Operations Success Film | February 8 

Grab a seat for a screening of Disney’s film Glory Road, presented by the STEM Operations Success. Glory Road focuses on the integration of Black basketball players into college basketball. The film is based on the book Glory Road: My Story Of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever. Food and beverages will be available during the screening. TAMU-CC UC Lonestar Ballroom, Room 147, 6:30-8:00 PM

Bravo! Series: Marian Anderson String Quartet | February 8  

The Marian Anderson String Quartet is a critically acclaimed all-female ensemble who have performed at presidential inaugurations and the Library of Congress. The group is the first all-African American ensemble to win a classical music competition and will be performing songs reflecting on enslavement such as,  “At the Purchaser’s Option with Variations” composed by Rhiannon Giddens and more.. Ticket prices range from $20 – $25 and are available for purchase onlineTAMU-CC Performing Arts Center, 7:30 PM 

Spirit of MLK Awards | February 19  

The Spirit of MLK awards ceremony commends community members of the Coastal Bend, staff and students of TAMU-CC for their commitment to social justice and service to Corpus Christi. The Islander Cultural Alliance hosts its annual Spirit of MLK Exemplary Award in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RSVP to the event online. TAMU-CC UC Anchor Ballrooms A&B, 6 – 8 p.m. 

NAACP Diamond Ball 2024 | February 23 

End Black History Month honoring the legacy of Dr. H. Boyd Hall, the first NAACP chapter president of Corpus Christi. The NAACP hosts the annual Black Tie Formal Diamond Ball with live music, dinner and drinks. For this year, the Diamond Ball will feature Danny Deleon for an art unveiling and live auctions. Tickets are available for purchase online. 100 N Shoreline Boulevard,  6 – 10 p.m. 

TAMU-CC Black Student Union Programming:

  • Mental Health Monday | February 12 

Come together with BSU for a conversation on mental health, exploring its impact on both individuals and our community. Gain insights into the practice of journaling and discover helpful tips during this engaging discussion. For more information, contact Black Student Union. TAMU-CC University Swordfish, Room 324, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

  • BSU Dress to Nines | February 13 

All day on February 13, dress to impress by showcasing your finest outfit! Don’t forget to tag @tamuccbsu and share.  

  • BSU Embrace the Icons | February 14 

Dress up as your favorite Black character or person to show admiration and unity for exuberance in Black Media. Don’t forget to tag @tamuccbsu and share. 

  • BSU Trap ‘n Paint Thursday | February 13 

Paint for an evening while listening to music and sipping beverages. BSU will provide brushes and paint for you to create a masterpiece and engage with other students and community members. TAMU-CC UC Bayview, Room 320, 7 – 9 p.m.

  • BSU Black Feminism Movie Night | February 20 

Join the Islander Feminists and the BSU for a discussion of Black Feminism through a movie night. Celebrate the voices and experiences of Black women through a conversation about empowering Black voices in cinema. Enjoy popcorn, treats and snacks during the discussions about intersectionality and the diverse stories within the Black feminist movement.  TAMU-CC UC Bayview, Room 320, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

  • BSU Met Gala| February 23 

The annual BSU Met Gala unites students, faculty, and community members in a celebration of the accomplishments and the vibrant tapestry of Black culture. More information about “A Night in Nola, A Masquerade Ball” Is available online. TAMU-CC UC Anchor Ballrooms C&D, 6 – 8 p.m. 

  • BSU Afro Fest | February 21

Afro Fest is a gathering where individuals of African descent unite to participate in various traditional elements. This immersive experience encompasses diverse expressions, including art, cuisine, music, and more to provide a rich celebration of cultural heritage and to foster a sense of community through shared traditions and practices. TAMU-CC Oso Room, 7-9 p.m.

If you know of a Black History Month event in the Coastal Bend and don’t see it listed here, send information to intern@thebendmag.com and we’ll get it added! 

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