Black History Celebration Continues at TAMIU
An expanded celebration of Black History Month continues at Texas A&M
International University throughout the month of February.
Events and activities scheduled include:
* Monday, February 16, 12 p.m., Panel: "Black Professionals in
Laredo." Featuring Mr. Gathon Robinson, the only black pilot in the
national Border Patrol; Alphe Wells, human resources recruiter at Mercy
Medical Center; TAMIU's Captain Ruben Irizarry-Guzmán, assistant
professor of military science, Leebrian Gaskins, associate director of
Computer and Telecommunication Services and Cassandra Wheeler, benefits
specialist, Office of Human Resources. (Western Hemispheric Trade Center,
* Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m., Black Film Series: "Miss Evers'
Boys." 1997. Alfre Woodard won a Golden Globe Best Actress Award
for her portrayal of the sympathetic nurse tending to the black men used
as guinea pigs in the government-sponsored syphilis experiment in Alabama.
(Student Center Auditorium).
* Wednesday, February 18, 12 p.m., Reading: "Black Voices."
Students from English class 4338 (Minority Voices) will read pieces from
Phyllis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Sonya Sánchez, Nicolás
Guillén, Ntozake Shanga, Sojourner Truth, Dennis Brutus, Derek
Walcott, Leopold Senghor, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn
Brooks and Okot p'Bitek. (Western Hemispheric Trade Center, 103).
* Thursday, February 19, 12 p.m., Lecture: "African American Incarceration."
Dr. Hamid Kusha, associate professor of criminal justice, will examine
the relationship between Blacks and the penal system. (Western Hemispheric
Trade Center, 103).
* Monday, February 23, 12 p.m., Lecture: "Blacks in Laredo."
Using the MA thesis of the late Jorge González as source, Dr. Stanley
Green, professor of history, will discuss the black presence in Laredo.
(Western Hemispheric Trade Center, 103).
* Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m., Black Film Series: "A Raisin in
the Sun." 1961. Lorraine Hansberry's landmark drama about the dreams
of a family and the forces of racial prejudice blocking their path. (Student
* Wednesday, February 25, 12 p.m., Lecture: "Code switching among
Blacks and Hispanics." Dr. Roberto Heredia, associate professor of
psychology, will comment on the status and linguistic relevance of Ebonics
and Spanglish. (Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 103).
* Thursday, February 26, 12 p.m., Musical Presentation: "Jazz in
Laredo." Drs. Michael Yoder, associate professor of geography and
Kevin Lindberg, assistant professor of English, and fellow band-member,
Laredo teacher Rick Cortez, will entertain. (Student Center Food Court).
For more information about Black History Month at TAMIU, please contact
Dr. Ezra Engling at 326.2648; visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam
Library, room 435B, or e-mail email@example.com.
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