Indy Race Driver and Mentoring Summit to be Featured at TCC African-American Heritage Month Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2012)

Guest speakers, a mentoring summit, and a bone marrow drive are among activities planned in February to celebrate African-American Heritage Month at Tarrant County College.

Indy 500 Race driver Willy T. Ribbs will share his experiences as a professional race car driver Monday, Feb. 16, on two TCC campuses. In 1991, Ribbs became the first black driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500. He will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Student Center, WSTU 1303, at Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. He also will speak from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the Southeast Campus‘ North Ballroom, 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington.

On Friday, Feb. 24, the first “In Pursuit of Excellence Mentoring Summit,” will be at Southeast Campus. CBS 11 and TXA 21 news anchor Keith Garvin will be the keynote speaker for the event, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the North Ballroom. The summit is sponsored by Southeast Continuing Education Services, Student Activities and the Tarrant County Chapter of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.

“Researching Your Ancestral Roots,” presented by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, will be at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle. History instructor Lisa Blank is co-hosting the event with the Discovery Center Thursday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Discovery Center, TRTR 3102.

Northeast Campus events include “We Are Not Afraid,” a lecture by Northeast history instructor Tramaine Anderson, focusing on youth activism in the 1960s within the local and national Freedom Struggle will be Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. Northeast Campus is located 828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst.

Also Feb. 23, a bone marrow drive for suffers of sickle cell anemia will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer of the Student Center on South Campus, 5801 Campus Drive. Additionally, Amy Bell, African-American Studies professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, will speak from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Forum Room, SSTU 2207.

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