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Texas Southern University is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2021. During February, schools, departments, and others across campus will host events and share information dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Black Americans.

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We are excited to celebrate Black History Month! If you or anyone connected to the university have made history or are making history, please complete our form so we can celebrate you.

A calendar of events is listed below:

Black History Houston: Legends and Trailblazers

KTSU 90.9FM presents Black History Houston: Legends and Trailblazers. This multi-media presentation celebrates legends who have impacted the city of Houston and up-and-coming individuals paving the way and creating their legacy. Follow KTSU on all social platforms and tune in daily to hear about Houston's legends and trailblazers.

Triumph Over Adversity: All Roads Lead to Texas Southern

Historians from the Texas Southern University Department of History, Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev and Tomiko Meeks will host a series that focuses on Black Houston's history, give you insight into the culture of the city and show how all roads lead to Texas Southern University. Tune in to our social media platforms each week to view the latest episode.

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KTSU Events

The Black Church: Lift Every Voice Series hosted by Rev. Charles Hudson

Rev. Charles Hudson and his special guests will highlight music inspired by gospel sounds and lyrics and show how it impacted artists' personal and professional lives.

The Black Church: The Evolution of Black Spirituality Series hosted by Dr. Ed Montgomery

Dr. Ed Montgomery will welcome guests on his show "The Shift" to share their insight on where the church began and how it continues to evolve. Each week, they will speak on a different aspect of Black spirituality including, the history of Black spirituality, the history behind Christianity in America, African spirituality, and the future of spirituality.

The Black Church: Through the Eyes of the Pew hosted by Dr. D.Z. Cofield

Dr. D.Z. Cofield and guests will offer a perspective from average church-goers of various denominations, age groups, and backgrounds on how they view the role of the Black church.

KTSU partners with Houston Public Media (PBS) for Keeping The Faith: The Black Church in Houston

The TV special airing on Houston Public Media (PBS) and KTSU will take a closer look into the Black churches in Houston, Texas, and how they have evolved. Influential leaders from Houston include Reverend William A. Lawson of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Rev. Remus and Pastor Mia Wright of Fountain of Praise, Bishop James Dixson of Community of Faith, and Pastor Keion Henderson of the Lighthouse Church.

Lift Up Your Hearts: Houston's Gospel Heritage

Reverend Charles Hudson will host an hour-long radio special featuring music and interviews from some of Houston's top gospel artists, including V. Michael McKay, Kathy Taylor, Kurt Carr, Chester D.T. Baldwin, Shawn McLemore, and Kim Burrell. The event will air at 2 p.m. CST February 7, 2021, on KTSU 90.9FM, stream on ktsuradio.com, KTSU Mobile App, and KUHF 88.7FM.

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Texas Southern University Events

KTSU partners with Houston First and The City of Houston for Black History 
A partnership with Houston First, KTSU will host live music performances by local Houston talent along with a Black Market with several vendors, restaurants, and food trucks, each Saturday in February from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The events will take place on Avenida Houston's plaza (1001 Avenida De Las America Houston, TX 77010).

2/4/21: Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining “We the People”
A virtual national conference examining the long-lasting effect of police violence on families, remedies for people injured by police violence and how protestors should be treated given First Amendment Protections, including a review of the inequitable treatment of black protestors throughout U.S. history. The conference keynote speaker will be Attorney Sherrilyn Ifill, law professor, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Register Here. More info: 7135421634 sarah.guidry@tmslaw.tsu.edu 

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2/13/21: Annual Robert A Henry Lecture 

Dr. Jason Oby presents a lecture on the history of the spiritual featuring musical examples and historical context explaining double meaning and biblical references. Visit houstonebonymusic.org  for details.

2/28/21: Houston Ebony Opera Guild 

A virtual concert featuring National and International singers present a concert of favorite Negro Spirituals and Operatic Arias. HEOGs Annual African American Music Gala flier and website for details ) Dr. Jason Oby is Artistic Director. For more info jasonoby@gmail.com or visit www.houstonebonymusic.org

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All Month: COSET 2021 Black History Virtual Events:
A Virtual Journey Celebrating African American History Feb 1-28.

2/11/21: Virtual Movie with COSET:

Time 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more info contact : Tioka Freeman 713-313-1860 tioka.freeman@tsu.edu

2/18/21: Panel Discussion - The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?:

Time 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more info contact : Tioka Freeman 713-313-1860 tioka.freeman@tsu.edu 

2/4/21: Netflix Party - "Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History";
Celebrating the stories of some unsung heroes in Black History as told by funny man Kevin Hart. For Location: Netflix via Instagram @tsu_ucc More Info Contact Dantri Richard: 713-313-7804 dantri.richard@tsu.edu 

2/25/21: Beyond the Runway: Virtual Cultural Style Show:

Time 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more info contact : Tioka Freeman 713-313-1860 tioka.freeman@tsu.edu 

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2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22: "Voyage through Death to Life upon these Shores"

In honor of Carter G. Woodson, a pioneer in promoting African American history, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project is sponsoring a mid-day speaker series beginning on Monday, February 1, 2021. We invite you to mark your calendar and join us for these virtual sessions from 2:00-3:00 pm EST every Monday throughout the month. Zoom Registration: http://bit.ly/3szpEy5.


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2/18/21: Discussion - The Color of Death: Cemeteries and the Black Family

The African American Library at the Gregory School hosts this virtual lecture featuring Texas Southern University. Prof. Tomiko Meeks. For more information please contact the Tomiko Meeks at 832-549-1699 or tomiko.meeks@tsu.edu. Register Here.


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2/20/21: Art Is…A Virtual Celebration and Fine Art Auction

The fundraiser, benefitting the museum, will feature original works by talented artists who are TXSU graduates, along with friends of the University Museum and emerging and renowned artists. For more information please contact the University Museum at 713-313-7145. Learn More.

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2/22/21: Middle Passage Speaker Series Featuring Dr Karen Kossie-Chernyshev

Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Professor of History, "Fact & Fiction: Exploring the Middle Passage in Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon (2018), Sowande' Mustakeem's Slavery at Sea​ (2016), Charles Johnson's Middle Passage (1990), and Lillian Jones Horace's Five Generations Hence (1916). Zoom Registration.

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2/23/21: Frederick Douglass Lecture Series: Dr. Alvia Wardlaw

Telling the American Story through the African American Lens: The National Museum of African American History & Culture. For more information please contact the Honors College at 713-313-6725. Virtual via Blackboard Collaborate Register Here.

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2/25/21: Cultural Connections With Africa and Throughout The Diaspora

2 Discussion Panels: Cultural Interaction Through HBCU Students Experiences and Coming Together- Recognizing the Cultural Connected Issues. Time: 5pm - 8:15pm.

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3/03/21: 20th Annual Barbara Jordan Memorial Lecture

"The Pursuit of Excellence in the Forensic Arts" Lecturer Alumnus: Alicia Hughes, J.D. FREE and Open to Public. Time: 7pm

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All month: Office of Student Life & The Black History Month Committee Events:

7pm Every Night View Flyer For more info contact : Justin Lee 713-313-6705 justin.lee@tsu.edu 

2/25/21: Soul Food Night:

Location - Sterling Student Dining Hall For more info contact : Brian Lee 713-313-4490 brian.lee@tsu.edu