VC honoring Black History Month with events in February

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Victoria College will honor Black History Month with several events in February, including three lectures and a free movie at VC’s Student Center.

“Victoria College’s Student Life Department and the Black Student Union have coordinated several events to celebrate black culture and history and to bring awareness to issues that not only affect the black community, but the Victoria community as a whole,” said Bridgette Marshall, Black Student Union advisor and English instructor at Victoria College. “We extend an invitation and look forward to seeing our students, faculty, staff, friends and community members on campus throughout the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month.”

VC is partnering with the University of Houston-Victoria and the Victoria Black History Committee to hold the annual Black History Month Poster Contest. The contest is open to all fifth-grade students in Victoria. This year’s poster contest theme is “African Americans and the Vote.”

The poster contest entries will be displayed throughout February at the UHV University Center. Prizes will be announced during a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the UHV University North Multi-Purpose Room. The first-, second- and third-place contest winners will receive vouchers to attend Victoria College summer camps and scholarships from UHV. Gift bags from VC and UHV will be awarded to honorable mention winners. UHV is located at 3007 N. Ben Wilson Street.

VC’s Student Life Department will offer a free showing of the documentary film “More Than a Month” at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at VC’s Student Center. “More Than a Month” is a documentary by Shukree Hassan Tilghman that questions whether Black History Month is beneficial to African Americans and their cause. Students can bring their own lunches. Dessert will be provided.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend will host “The Texas Freedom Colonies Project” as part of its John W. Stormont Lecture Series. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Andrea Roberts, Texas A&M University assistant professor of urban planning and founder of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, will inform attendees how they can help document locations of freedom colonies and descendants’ origins stories and traditions. The event is free and open to the public.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria.

Victoria College’s Black Student Union will also offer lectures on Feb. 10 and Feb. 18 at VC’s Student Center. Ed Byerly, VC history professor, will speak on Jackie Robinson and his life off the field at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. Robinson became the first black major league baseball player in 1947. Jodi Yancey-Sandoval, community health worker with Be Well Victoria, will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 about how the stigma surrounding mental health causes many people, especially people of color, to suffer alone and not reach out for the help they need.

For more information on these events, call (361) 573-3291.