Black History Month

Many throughout the city of Huntsville are hosting events to celebrate Black History Month.

Helping Hands Ministry, who focuses on feeding the hungry in Walker County, will hold the annual Black History Celebration on Sunday. Additionally, Sam Houston State University is slated to host various events celebrating black history month.

The annual Black History Celebration will feature speeches by Reverend K. Hester, the Pastor of St. Paul Church in Spring, and Dr. Shirley Wallace. The celebration, which is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sam Houston Cultural Center, will also showcase singing and food.

“The theme of the celebration is, ‘We still have work to do,’” said Reverend Eldridge McAdams of Helping Hands Ministry. “We will join together in fellowship and learn about important leaders and black history. We need to come together to teach the younger generation so it is not swept under the rug.”

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences diversity committee will also host films and speakers throughout February on campus.

Dr. Phil Sinitiere will kick off events Monday with a speech about W.E.B. Dubois and the cold-war surveillance state. The black student-staff-faculty-administration-alumni mixer is scheduled for Feb. 20, with a panel discussion to follow.

The discussion, “Race and mass incarceration,” will include panelists Dr. Mary Breaux, Dr. Leamon Bazil, Dr. Joseph R. Gallo, Dr. Howard Henderson, Dr. Richard Henrikson Jr. and Rev. George Oliver. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Willis Oyugi.

The final event of the month is, “mentoring and scholarship in STEM,” which will feature Dr. Donna Stokes, Feb. 27.

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