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Event Guide: Black History Month

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Black History Month

What began as Negro History Week in 1926 was first celebrated as Black History Month in 1970 at the urging of students at Kent State University.  

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

In 1975, President Ford issued a Message on the Observance of Black History Week urging all Americans to "recognize the important contribution made to our nation's life and culture by black citizens." In 1976 this commemoration of black history in the United States was expanded by ASALH to Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and President Ford issued the first Message on the Observance of Black History Month that year. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

In recognition of 2021's Black History Month theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, we offer a few resources for your intellectual enrichment. 

Black History Month Presents 
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
February 2021 

BHM @ SAC

The Black History Month Committee invites you to a variety of panel discussions, game trivia, and
presentations on the black family.

This year’s program theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. If you would like more information on this theme, visit https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/

Opening Event

Wednesday, February 3      6:00 – 7:30 PM        Zoom ID: 958 8217 6523

Welcome from the BHM Committee:  Ms. Yvonne Campbell

Greetings by Dr. Robert Vela, SAC President

Program Title:  Black Lives Matter in San Antonio

Presenters:  Ms. Kimiya Factory, Ms. Celeste Alana Brown and Mr. Pharoah Clark

Moderator:  Mr. Leroy Adams

Program Description: As part of our Black History Month celebration, we want to discuss local leaders and community activists making history in our community right now. While Black Lives Matter is an international movement, there has been significant action and activity right here in San Antonio. What was the state of the BLM movement coming into 2020? What progress has been made? What are the goals of local activists in 2021? How can you get involved in this work?

 

BHM Kahoot Trivia Games!!!

Don't miss this opportunity to play Kahoot Trivia with all of your new classmates and friends.  Each game will start at 6:15 pm runs for 30 minutes. Join in for a chance to win an awesome prize! 

Use your ALAMO ID as your "nickname" when entering the Kahoot. 

If you miss this step, you will be disqualified because we will not know who you are and will not be able to contact you if you win!

    • We will access your contact information based on your ALAMO ID. This will only be done by college staff and your information will remain private. However, by participating in this challenge, you agree to allow Student Life to announce your first name, last initial, and Kahoot challenge score in campus-wide emails and on social media channels. If you do not wish to have your first name, last initial, and Kahoot challenge score announced, do not participate in the challenge.
    • Your score will be based on how accurately and how quickly you answer the questions.

 

Game 1 - Monday, February   8    

6:00 – 6:45 pm

Theme: Jazz and Hip Hop                                       

Register in advance for this game:

https://alamo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdemhqD4pGtBRuaQofwTUQK13a1gpyoDX

 

Game 2 - Tuesday, February 16    

6:00 – 6:45 pm 

Theme: Black Family   

Register in advance for this game:

https://alamo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqd-2grzMqGN0Zx4YPo2Stm8bsw9q5uRF0

 

Game 3 - Thursday, February 18    

6:00 – 6:45 pm 

Theme: Pop Culture

Register in advance for this game:

https://alamo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucOCsqjMtHNV7t4fau7o2kzo95n4CfTeL

 

Game 4 - Wednesday, February 24

6:00 – 6:45 pm 

Theme: Black Films

Register in advance for this game:

https://alamo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkc-GhrjgsEtUhFXrCikurFz81vpxNPFUL

Registration will be open the day before each game, so that a secure zoom link will be made available for you.  After registering, you will received a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting/game.

Contact Person/Game Host:  Mr. Marcos Langoni 

 

Family Matter of the Mind

Thursday, February 11     12:15 pm – 1:30 pm    Zoom ID: 986 5379 1035

Moderator:  Karen Trotty-Douglas, Ed.D

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Vincent Robinson

Panelists: Dr. Mary Nickson and Mrs. Tamla Phillips

Mrs. Phillips Biography         Dr. Nickson Biography

Program Description: You’re invited to join an interactive discussion of the impact of mental health issues and the African American Black family.  This informative forum will address factors that can  increase the vulnerability and severity of mental illness focusing on the African American Black family.

 

BHM Great Escape Room!

Wednesday, February 17     6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Event Description: Try your luck at the BHM Escape Room. It will have you scratching your head trying to figure out the puzzles, unlocking  the clues and opening locks to escape within 60 minutes. Do you have what it takes?  The room opens at 6 pm and game starts at 6:15 pm.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://alamo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpdO6spzIvHddP5aNDg6Wk8PKQK9irP8_F

Use your ALAMO ID as your "nickname" when entering the room. 

If you miss this step, you will be disqualified because we will not know who you are and will not be able to contact you if you win!

    • We will access your contact information based on your ALAMO ID. This will only be done by college staff and your information will remain private. However, by participating in this challenge, you agree to allow Student Life to announce your first name, and last initial, in campus-wide emails and on social media channels.
    • The winner is the first person to escape the room.
    • Join in for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Registration will open the date before the game, so that a secure zoom link will be made available for you. 

Poetry Reading 

Monday, February 22     6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Zoom ID:  964 0823 3784

Program Title:  Despite it All: The Strength of Black Families in Times of Hardship and Struggles – Poetry Reading

Presenter: Antoinette Winstead, MFA

Program Description:  Despite four-hundred years of hardship and struggle – slavery, Jim Crow, systemic racism, police brutality – Black people in America have managed to not only survive but thrive due, in no small part, to family. While the media and the government stereotype Black families as broken and dysfunctional, that is not the reality for the majority of Black families in America. Through poetry and excerpts from her plays and short stories, Antoinette Winstead will show the power of love and faith that keeps Black families strong even in the worst of times.

Special PresentationRead In: Essay Contest Winners announced at 6:50 pm.

 

Voices of Black Mothers

Tuesday, February 23    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm    Zoom ID: 965 9468 8864

Panelist Moderator: Ms. Dee Dixon

Presenters:  *Ms. Tamika Palmer, Ms. Deborah Bush, Mrs. Cheryl Jones

*Mother of Breonna Taylor

Program Description: TBA

 

Black Family History and Why it Matters

Thursday, February 25    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm       Zoom ID: 941 6874 5901

Presenter:  Tani Sanchez, PhD

Program Moderator: Professor Wanda-Lee Smith

Program Description: Dr. Sanchez will discuss Black family history research, her own family oral traditions, and the importance these activities have in creating insightful standpoints as African-Americans continue their traditions of cultural critique, self-validation, and creating paths to human freedom. 

Dr. Sanchez Bio 

Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading 

Monday, February 22     6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   

Zoom ID:  964 0823 3784

Program Title:  Despite it All: The Strength of Black Families in Times of Hardship and Struggles – Poetry Reading

Presenter: Antoinette Winstead, MFA

Program Description:  Despite four-hundred years of hardship and struggle – slavery, Jim Crow, systemic racism, police brutality – Black people in America have managed to not only survive but thrive due, in no small part, to family. While the media and the government stereotype Black families as broken and dysfunctional, that is not the reality for the majority of Black families in America. Through poetry and excerpts from her plays and short stories, Antoinette Winstead will show the power of love and faith that keeps Black families strong even in the worst of times.

Special PresentationRead In: Essay Contest Winners announced at 6:50 pm.

Voices of Black Mothers

Voices of Black Mothers
Tuesday, February 23   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Panelist Moderator: Dee Dixon

Program Description: America has been experiencing much racial tension and injustices over the past year and families have been greatly impacted. Loved ones have lost their lives by the hands that swore to protect them. The loss of a child is most often felt hardest by the mother. Seldom are mothers given a platform to voice their opinions, thoughts, anger, and pain about this loss. This collective voice of Black mothers will speak out together on the unimaginable loss.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://alamo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1IKuZEPLRT2kUzV0PLdtHQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Essay Contest

Walk on the River

Walk on the River Virtual Presentation

Date: February 18, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Virtual Presentation - Condensed Viewing

The documentary highlights the history and contributions of African Americans in the city of San Antonio, TX.

NLC Student Life, MEN of NLC, and the History & Heritage Committee are collaborating to put on the screening and panel discussion of the film, "Walk on the River." Walk on the River is a documentary movie series illustrating the story, contributions, and achievements of African American people in the city of San Antonio, Texas. 

As the first civil settlement in the state of Texas, there are a ton of historical sites and legendary tales that have helped to shape the culture of our community. In the original documentary film Walk on the River: A Black History of the Alamo City we shared the African American experience from the time of Emancipation (roughly 1865) to Integration and the end of Jim Crow segregation (roughly 1965).

February 18, 2021

  • 1:00 pm - Film Only
  • 6:30 pm - Film and Panel (Featuring the producers of Walk on the River)

Black History and Why it Matters

Black Family History and Why it Matters

Thursday, February 25   

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm       

Zoom ID: 941 6874 5901

Presenter:  Tani Sanchez, PhD

Program Moderator: Professor Wanda-Lee Smith

Program Description: Dr. Sanchez will discuss Black family history research, her own family oral traditions, and the importance these activities have in creating insightful standpoints as African-Americans continue their traditions of cultural critique, self-validation, and creating paths to human freedom. 

Dr. Charlene Dukes on the Black Family

Dr. Charlene Dukes on the Black Family

Prince George’s County Truth Branch and Maple Springs Baptist Church Cultural Education Experience Ministry (CEEM) host a joint ASALH Branch program on the Black Family.

February 28, 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

https://www.youtube.com/c/ASALHTV

BHM Events and Readings

Black History Month Videos

San Antonio College Black History Month Family Matter of the Mind

Family Matter of the Mind

Thursday, February 11     12:15 pm – 1:30 pm   

Zoom ID: 986 5379 1035

Moderator:  Karen Trotty-Douglas, Ed.D

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Vincent Robinson

Panelists: Dr. Mary Nickson and Mrs. Tamla Phillips

Mrs. Phillips Biography         Dr. Nickson Biography

Program Description: You’re invited to join an interactive discussion of the impact of mental health issues and the African American Black family.  This informative forum will address factors that can  increase the vulnerability and severity of mental illness focusing on the African American Black family.

Virtual Festival Poster

These programs will be shown on ASALHTV www.youtube.com/asalhtv

Presentation of the Inaugural ASALH Book Prize

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will award an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture beginning in February 2021. A call for submissions went out in Spring 2020 and the selection committee received over sixty eligible books, all of which engaged archival sources while representing many disciplinary and interdisciplinary orientations. 

Finalists:

  1. Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Gross, A Black Women’s History of the United States, Boston: Beacon Press, 2020
  2. William Darity, Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2020 
  3. Aston Gonzalez, Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2020 
  4. Shana Redmond, Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson, Durham: Duke University Press, 2020
  5. Quito Swan, Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environment Justice, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2020

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:30pm CST

https://www.youtube.com/c/ASALHTV 

 

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