Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Public invited to commemorate Black History Month at STC events

South Texas College’s Department of History and Philosophy, in conjunction with the STC Library, officially kicks off its Black History Month celebration with a guest lecture on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. Dr. Juan Flores and Miriam Jiménez Román of New York University will speak about the experience of Afro-Latinos in the United States. The lecture will be given at the college’s Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

“We are honored to have these two distinguished scholars come to our community to discuss the experiences of this often-overlooked group,” said Chris Davis, event organizer and STC history instructor. “We have planned several activities to explore various aspects of and commemorate the African-American experience in the United States.”
The celebration continues on Tuesday, Feb. 22 as Rainlilly Elizondo of Texas A&M University delivers “The Fallacy of Desegregation: Blacks and Hispanics in Implementing Brown” at 7 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. Elizondo’s presentation considers the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in the Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case and its impact on both African-American and Hispanic students. In addition to Elizondo’s talk, Sylvia Zamponi, district director of the U.S. Government’s Small Business Administration, will speak briefly on the opportunities offered by the SBA to minority small business owners.

On Monday, Feb. 28, Weslaco-native Dr. Charles H. Martin of The University of Texas-El Paso will discuss the African-American experience in sports when he delivers his talk “Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890-1980.” He will speak at 3 p.m. at the college’s Mid-Valley Campus Building G, Room 191 located at 400 North Border in Weslaco. At 7 p.m. he will speak at STC’s Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

In addition to these distinguished speakers, a series of films will be shown at the college’s Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County campus libraries. The schedule is as follows: 

Starr County Campus Library:

Feb. 16, 12 p.m. - “The Long Walk Home”

For more information contact Gary Don Ford at 956-488-5825.

Pecan Campus Library (Room F-102):

Feb. 10, 12 p.m. - “Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka”

Feb. 16, 12 p.m. - “The Long Walk Home”

Feb. 24, 12 p.m. - “Four Little Girls”

For more information contact Esther Garcia at 956-872-6485.

Mid-Valley Campus Library:

Feb. 10, 12 p.m. - “Good Hair”

Feb. 17, 12 p.m. - “The Long Walk Home”

Feb. 24, 12 p.m. - “Four Little Girls”

For more information contact Jessica Cruz at 956-447-1287.

Two displays are currently on view at the college’s Pecan Campus Library. On the first floor, a book display features a wide assortment of titles that explore the African-American experience in all of its rich variety and complexity. In the Rainbow Room, a poster display commemorates milestones in the Civil Rights Movement.

Admission to all activities is free and open to the public. For more information about the events contact Chris Davis at 956-872-2275 or at crdavis@southtexascollege.edu.             

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