College Q&A: UHV to celebrate Black History Month with community

By Katy Walterscheidt
Jan. 26, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.

February is Black History Month. How is the University of Houston-Victoria participating in this national observance?

The University of Houston-Victoria is celebrating Black History Month in February with a variety of events around the community and on campus.

UHV is partnering with the Black History Steering Committee and Victoria College to host a poster contest, parade and festival. All events are free to attend and open to the public.

Each year, the steering committee uses the national theme for the poster contest and asks area fifth-grade students to submit their interpretation of the theme. This year's theme is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."

Winners of the poster contest will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the UHV University Center Multipurpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Prizes for winners include scholarships to UHV and summer camp waivers from Victoria College. The event will feature entertainment by the Victoria East High School Hip Hop Team.

On Feb. 9, the steering committee is hosting a parade and festival for the community. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., starting at Patti Welder Middle School, 1604 E. North St., heading down North Street and ending at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

At the end of the parade is the festival at the community center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes vendors, food and live music. Money raised from the festival by the Black History Steering Committee will go toward scholarships for area students.

For more information, contact Nancy Gresham, UHV special events coordinator, at or 361-570-4351.

UHV also will be celebrating Black History Month on campus throughout February. Student events include a soul food dinner and movie night. Students are working with UHV assistant professor Beverly Tomek to create posters about important black history court cases, people and events. The posters will be displayed around the UHV campus throughout the month.

Tomek is organizing black history lectures on topics such as emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance and W.E.B. DuBois. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information about the lectures or to share area African-American history stories, contact Tomek at or 361-570-4363.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Katy Walterscheidt, UHV communications specialist, at 361- 570-4342 or at



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