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Black History Month Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2018.36-A

Content Description

The Black History Month Collection documents and details Texas A&M University - Commerce history of engaging with and representing its Black students through the Office of Intercultural Services. Series I: Black History Month includes research and mixed materials demonstrating national Black history which were utilized to educate the campus community at cultural events. This series includes a folder of mixed material Black studies curriculum. There is also a folder of calendars and flyers that detail campus programming for Black History Month from 1980 to 2002. Another folder in this series documents printed history of Juneteenth. One folder is dedicated to the history and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as taught and celebrated on campus, including "Happy Birthday King" letters utilized on the late Civil Rights Advocate's birthday. One folder includes promotional magazines advertising materials to be purchased in celebration of Black History Month. The final folder of this Series includes the "Unlock Your Mind" Student Newsletter, which demonstrates the effort Black students took to connect with their community regarding their shared history, utilizing quotes and writings from civil rights advocates. Series II: Performers and Speakers documents the speakers and performers who visited A&M - Commerce for Black History Month from 1994 to 2003. Among these visitors is Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mother, who visited campus in 1997. The African American Museum visited campus in 1994. The Boys Choir of Harlem visited campus in 1998. Camp Logan was performed on campus in 2001. In 1988, Commisioner John Wiley visited campus. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre performed on campus in 2001. Danny Glover and Felix Justice visited campus in 1995. Lawrence C. Ross Jr visited campus in 2001. Maya Angelou visited campus in 1995. Reverend Clarence E. Glover also visted campus. Step Afrika! performed on campus in 2002. Terri C. Houston was discussed as a potential visitor to campus in 2001. There is also a folder of Talent Booking Magazines from 2001 to 2003.

Dates

  • 1980-2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Items in the collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Black History Month is celebrated every February in the United States. Black History Month celebrations began as a time for Black Americans to connect to their roots and culture, while also allowing non-Black Americans to learn about and acknowledge the important historical figures and events related to Black history. This collection spans the university's observance and programming for Black History Month from 1980 to 2002, with bulk dates in the 1990's. Some highlighted figures in this collection are civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and many different performing and speaking artists who visited campus. The collection was created and donated by the Office of Intercultural Services, now known as the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by series, and each series is arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

The collection was created and donated by the Texas A&M University - Commerce Office of Intercultural Services.

Condition Description

Good to fair

Title
Black History Month Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Sunny Hausler
Date
11/08/2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository