Texas Southern University Celebrates Black History in the Space City

Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Texas Southern University kicked-off Black History Month on February 1st with various campaigns highlighting the excellence of Blacks in America. A particular emphasis will be placed on Black history in the city of Houston. Features include trailblazers and legends, as well as provide history on how the University has made an impact on the city of Houston.

Several departments across campus will host and partner with others to produce events dedicated to Black history. "Black History Houston: Trailblazers and Legends" is a joint project with KTSU 90.9FM "The Choice" and the University that honors the legends who have impacted the city of Houston. It also recognizes the up-and-coming individuals paving the way and creating their legacy. The multi-platform campaign features TSU alumni, faculty and staff, Houston community members, and many more! Follow the University on all social platforms and tune in to KTSU daily to hear about these incredible individuals.

The station will also highlight the history and the impact of the Black church. Inspired by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s new documentary series "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," the campaign explores the changing nature of worship spaces and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and the church pews. Radio personalities and show hosts, Dr. D.Z. Cofield, Reverend Charles Hudson, and Dr. Ed Montgomery will highlight music inspired by gospel sounds and lyrics, the evolution of Black spirituality, and a perspective from average churchgoers. In partnership with Houston Public Media (PBS), the "Keeping the Faith: The Black Church in Houston," TV special airing on PBS and KTSU will look into the Black churches in Houston, Texas, and how they have evolved.

"Triumph Over Adversity: All Roads Lead to Texas Southern," the video series, will discuss the city's history, historic places, and the connections between historic Black churches in Houston and Texas Southern. Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev and Tomiko Meeks, professors in the Department of History, Geography & General Studies, will show viewers how Houston's history is our history. All roads lead to TSU. The Thomas F. Freeman Honors College will host a lecture with TSU professor and Director of the University Museum Dr. Alvia Wardlaw at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23rd. She will discuss the topic, “Telling the American Story through the African America Lens: The National Museum of African American History and Culture.” This event is a part of the college’s Frederick Douglass Lecture Series.

“As we enter into the month dedicated to celebrating the history of African Americans, I'm proud because Texas Southern University is Black history and our TSU community makes history daily,” said TSU Interim President Ken Huewitt. “Our roots run deep in the city of Houston. Many influential individuals played a part in our creation and how we've thrived for almost a century. From humble beginnings we were birthed, but what a mighty force we are today. This month and every month, we celebrate them and so many others for their tenacity and commitment to providing opportunities for future generations.”

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Last updated: 02/02/2021