TCC Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 5, 2014) Tarrant County College celebrates African-American Heritage Month with a broad variety of academic, cultural and social events, including talks by Olympian gold medalist Tommie Smith and Retired Colonel Allen Forte, special assistant to General Colin Powell.


Observances throughout TCC’s five campuses will include a breakfast and an historic tour of areas in Fort Worth relevant to the civil rights movement. Sponsored by Trinity River Campus and the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, the event will begin on Feb. 21 with a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The first two-hour tour will depart at 9 a.m. from the Idea Store on the Trinity River Campus; the second tour will run from noon to 2 p.m. Contact Dayon Harris for reservations at 817-515-1908. Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle.


Olympian 200-meter gold medalist Tommie Smith will participate in a film festival featuring “Return to Mexico City.”  The festival will be Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Trinity Campus’ Energy Auditorium, TRTR 4008.


On Northeast Campus, events include a panel featuring Retired Colonel Allen Forte, special assistant to General Colin Powell, and area history and political science university instructors discussing “The Civil Rights Struggle in the 1960s.”  The discussion will be Feb. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. The campus is located at 828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst.


Northwest Campus is one of two campuses hosting the Black Inventions Exhibit. On display Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the multi-media presentation includes more than 150 authentic inventions from African-Americans from the past and present.  The exhibit, which includes patent designs, personal letters, rare photographs and video commentaries, will be located in the lobby of the WTLO Building, which houses the theater on Northwest Campus at 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The exhibit also may be viewed in Arlington at Southeast Campus Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tribute performances will be held weekly from noon to 2 p.m. on South Campus, located at 5301 Campus Drive. The tributes will feature special guests dressed in costumes honoring famous performers including Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Mahalia Jackson and the Temptations. All performances will be held in the Student Center Dining Hall, SSTU 1114. International poet Mike Guinn will host the Black History Trivia Contest on Feb. 12 and the TCC Black History Poetry Slam Feb. 19. Both events will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall, SSTU 1114.


All TCC campuses will unite on Southeast Campus Feb. 26 for the second annual “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides Event.” The celebration will begin with a 6 p.m. reception catered by Fort Worth’s Button Restaurant.  The 6:45 p.m. program will feature performances by the Southeast Campus Dance Company, Northwest Dance Company, Southeast Music Department and the Southeast Campus Harlem Renaissance, presented by professors Candice Bledsoe and Arlandis Jones. Southeast Campus is located at 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington.


TCC also is sponsoring a special performance at Jubilee Theater of Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” on Feb. 8. The show tells the story of the last night of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.


For a complete listing of events, please click here: AAHM Events at TCC 2-5-14