Tarrant County College is observing African-American Heritage Month with events that explore the history and celebrate the future of the black community. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Mosier Valley: A Historical Photography Exhibit will be available for viewing during the entire month of February in the J. Ardis Bell Library at Northeast Campus (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst). The photos document the first free African-American community in Texas. Established in the 1870s, little remains of the once bustling town. Complementing the Mosier Valley exhibit will be a group of books that showcase the African-American experience in Texas. A separate children’s book display will be located on the lower level of the library.On Feb. 17, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” will be presented at the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NTSU 1615A. It is based on the letter Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in 1963 in response to a public statement from eight white religious leaders.
The Langston Hughes Project will appear at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) on Feb. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in WSTU 1303. The University of Southern California Jazz Band accompanies the poetry of Langston Hughes. The music focuses on the Harlem Renaissance.On Feb. 24, Northwest Campus will host “I am Black and…,” a roundtable discussion featuring perspectives of the African Diaspora. The discussion will be from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Walsh Library.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration on cooking healthy soul food presented by the Blue Zone Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the South Campus Living Room (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth).Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, will speak to students from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Forum Room, SSTU 2207. Biggins brought more than 20 years of health care experience to Texas Health when she joined the organization in 1997 as vice president of operations. She became president in June 2012.On Feb. 22, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey will speak about African-American Heritage Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall, SSTU 1114.
Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington) will show excerpts of three films followed by a discussion of the documentaries in the Judith J. Carrier Library, ESED 1200. Slavery by Another Name will be shown on Feb. 2 from 10 to 11:20 a.m., Freedom Riders on Feb. 16, also from 10 to 11:20 a.m. and Freedom Summer on Feb. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.The campus also will host the African-American Read In: African Americans and the Arts, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 25 in the C.A. Robertson Theatre.
Trinity River Campus
Trinity River Campus (300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth) will feature African Dance and Drum performance by Moussa Diabate on Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Riverfront Café. A master dancer, choreographer, teacher and musician, Diabate has toured Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.On Feb. 26, the 29th Leadership eXperience Summit will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Action A (TRTR 4202). In 2009, guest speaker Kam Phillips founded Dream Outside the Box, a program dedicated to introducing youth to imaginative career and extracurricular pathways. Phillips is chief executive dreamer for the organization.
All TCC campuses will come together for the fourth annual “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides” event. The celebration takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) and will include music, dance and theatrical performances as well as a keynote address by Keith Davis, a former professional football player who is now CEO of Winners, Inc. The event celebrates the challenges, advances and worldwide achievements of African Americans and also features the talents of TCC faculty, staff and students. The event is open to the community in WSTU 1303/1305.Click here for a complete list of TCC’s African-American Heritage Month events.