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Buffalo Soldiers featured during university Black History Month celebration Feb. 15

Buffalo Soldiers will be at Texas A&M-San Antonio Feb. 15 in celebration of Black History Month. Illustration courtesy of

By Juan R. Garcia

Updated Feb. 9: The office of student engagement and success has scheduled additional Black History Month commemorations.The office is hosting a daily trivia bowl with questions relating to Black History Month. The trivia questions can be accessed through their Facebook pageand is currently open to all students.Jolene DesRoches, counselor/disabilities services coordinator, said Feb. 9 that for now, the trivia is meant to be informative and fun, concluding that “depending on student response and involvement, there could be a potential for prizes later on down the road.”

A “Soul Food Festival” is also in the works for Feb. 29. The event will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m at Main Campus and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Brooks Campus. Students and faculty who are interested in learning more about the festival can check the University event calendar for more updates.

In the late ‘20s, historian Carter G. Woodson strove to establish what would later be known as Black History Week. His goal was to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on the cultural background and the achievements of its people.

More than 50 years would pass before Woodson’s endeavors would be recognized and February would become annually observed as Black History Month.

At Texas A&M-San Antonio there will be a Black History Month event featuring Buffalo Soldiers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in Room 238 in the Main Campus Building. This event is free and open to the public. The office of student engagement and success was unable to provide more information about the event and Jolene DesRoches, counselor/disabilities services coordinator and head of the event, is out until Monday. Visit the university calendar for a list of events.

The  Buffalo Soldiers were members of the U.S.10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army, formed on Sept, 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The nickname was given to the calvary by the Native American tribes they fought, eventually becoming synonymous with all of the African-American regiments that were formed in 1866.

Many of the Alamo Colleges are also hosting events commemorating Woodson’s achievement and A&M students are encouraged to check them out.


San Antonio College is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events from Feb. 2 through 28 that are free and open to the public. The theme for 2012 is “Black Women in American History and Culture.” For more information visit the college’s website.

Feb. 2: The first event in the series is Elizabeth Catlett’s “Homage to My Young Black Sisters” at 9:25 a.m. in Room 120 of the Visual Arts Center.

Feb. 8:  There will be a Children’s Storyteller from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Early Childhood Center on 210 W. Ashby Place. There also will be an exhibition of Beatrice Williams’ Art from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Moody Learning Center.

Feb. 14: “The Dating Game” will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loftin Student Center.

Feb. 15: There will be a Poetry Slam from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loftin Student Center.

Feb. 16: The Regency Jazz Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loftin Student Center. For further information, contact Marlene Hoover at 210.486.1035.

Feb. 20: The presentation “The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hope or Desolation” will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Room 120 of the Visual Arts Center. The lecture will be hosted by Mr. Peddar Panga.

Feb. 21: “A Taste of Soul” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loftin Student Center.

Feb. 28: There will be an African-American read in from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in the craft room of the Loftin Student Center. For more information cal business Chair Dr. Val Calvert at 210.486.1414.


St. Philip’s College will be hosting a series of Black History Month events from Feb. 1 through 29, which are free and open to the public. For the list of events visit the college’s website. A photography exhibit “Faith, Hope and Persistence — Artemisia Bowden’s Dream” will be open to view in the Center for Learning Resources throughout the month.

Feb. 1:The opening ceremony for Black History Month will begin at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Room. The guest speaker will be Judge Linda H. Conley. There will also be a “Meet the Artist Reception” at 11:45 a.m. in the Morgan Gallery. Claudette Hopkins will be the featured artist.Feb. 3:The Progressive Women’s Club presents “Fine Arts from the African-American Perspective” at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room.Feb. 4:The Heart of Texas Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. in the Watson Fine Arts Center.Feb. 9:St. Phillip’s will host its first President Lecture Series event of 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Watson Fine Arts Theater. The event will be a dramatic program based on the legendary addresses of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For further information about the program, contact Ana Lisa Garza, director of student services, at 210.486.2300.Feb. 10:Service Learning Project presents “A Day of Service” at 9:30 a.m. at the Roseville Housing at the Senior Opportunity Center.Feb. 16: “The Story of Estavan” will play at 6 p.m. in the Watson Fine Arts Center.

Feb. 17: The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble will be performing at 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Watson Fine Arts Center. They will also be playing at 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

Feb. 29: There will be a “Soul Food Taste” at 11:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room. “Occupy St. Phillip’s — Song of Protest” featuring Vincent C. Hardy will also take place.


Feb. 1 : Palo Alto College is hosting a “Soulful Day” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Annex.

Feb. 2: There will be a Civil Rights Panel discussion hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the  Performing Arts Auditorium. Special guest speakers will be Al Kaufmann and Dr. Cheryl Davis of St. Mary’s Law School.

Feb. 6: A viewing of the film “Crash” will be at 9 a.m. in Room 130 of the student center.

Feb. 15: Gemini Ink presents “Black and Blue: 400 Years of Struggle and Transcendence” at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance combines traditional jazz and blues with African American literature and folklore. For more information, call 210.734.9673 or visit

Feb. 16: The traveling exhibit “African American History” will be presented from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Annex.

Feb. 22: There will be multiple viewings of the film “The Help” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 130 in the Student Center.

For more information call the department of student engagement and retention at 210.486.3125.


Feb. 4: At Northwest Vista College, the Alamo Allstars presents a Master Class with African Jazz Luminary at 4:30 p.m. at the Jo Long Theatre of the Carver Community Cultural Center on 226 N. Hackberry St.

Feb. 18: There will be a master class session with world-reknown jazz pianist Geri Allen and the Alamo Colleges Jazz Allstars at 4 p.m. at the Laurie Auditorium of Trinity University.

For more information call Katchie Cartwright, assistant professor of music, at 210.486.4828 or email her at Learn more about the Alamo Allstars at


At this time Northeast Lake College is still in the process of finalizing events for Black History Month. Visit Northeast Lakeview’s event calendar for any updates. For more information, call Kathleen Johnson-Hodge, college director of community and public relations, at 210.486.5470 or email her at

About the Author

Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia is the Public Editor for The Mesquite. Previously, he reported on the growth and development of the University’s Student Government Association. A communication-journalism major with a minor in English, Juan is employed part-time as a student assistant to the Director of Campus Safety and Security at A&M-San Antonio. He is a 2001 Lytle High School graduate and attended Palo Alto College where he received associate’s degrees in English and liberal studies in 2007. Juan is the father of a 3-year-old daughter

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