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Black History Month events scheduled

Lamar University will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with special events and programs designed to highlight the struggles and challenges of African Americans and to recognize and celebrate their achievements and contributions to American society.  Carter G. Woodson, who created Black History Week in 1926, is known as the “Father of Black History.”  He originally selected the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men who dramatically changed the lives of Black Americans.  President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976. 

Some of the events scheduled include a Civil Rights Memory Walk on Feb. 11; ExxonMobil will present “An Evening with Dr. Thomas Freeman on Feb. 17; I Am More Than My Color, a panel discussion on Feb. 18; Who Am I? ... Our Hidden History on Feb. 19; “A Night at the Museum: Portraits of Kings” on Feb. 24 and concluding with Motown Live! On Feb. 25.  Black History Month events are presented by various Lamar University Black student organizations to include fraternities and sororities on campus.

For more information and a complete list of times and locations for all scheduled events, contact Cynthia Parra, assistant director for multicultural programming at (409) 880-8216, via email at or online.