Black History Month looks
to the past in remembrance
Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Black History Month.
In 1915 — half a century after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States — historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland set out to document the struggles and achievements of black Americans and other peoples of African descent. In 1926, they hosted the first national Black History Week, spurring nationwide celebrations.
The founders chose the week of Feb. 12 as Black History Week — which eventually became Black History Month in the 1960s — to honor the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who had been leaders in the fight to abolish slavery.
In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald R. Ford, who stated that the celebration was important to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Black History Month honors the past and looks to the future each year to remember this fight for freedom. Check out Texas State’s Black History Month events:
- Last Chance for Eden: Conversations about Race, Sex and Privelege, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m., LBJSC 3-13.1
- A Day in the Life of Poverty, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. (Contact MSA for location details: 512.245.2278.)
- Box 13 Collective: Right to Assemble, Art exhibition opening reception, Thursday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., JCM Gallery II
- My Family Portrait, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., LBJSC 3-15.1
- Red’s Lounge, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., LBJSC George’s
- Texas State Desegration Black History Picnic, Saturday, Feb. 11, noon to 4 p.m., Calaboose Museum, San Marcos
- Black History Month Movie Night, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., LBJSC Ballroom
- “Calling All Worshippers” Gospel Fest, Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Centennial Hall Teaching Theater
For a deeper look into Black History Month, learn about the integration of Texas State. Read more about prominent figures and events celebrated by Black History Month below.
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Through NASA and scholars program,
the sky is no limit for Vasquez
By Billi London-Gray
Krissy Vasquez has been a standout student throughout her college career. But for the electrical engineering senior at Texas State University, success is secondary to the rewards of simply enjoying her work.
“I just like to think, design and build,” she says.
Vasquez says choosing her college and career path was not difficult; her father and two aunts attended Texas State. Thanks to an exceptional opportunity in high school, choosing her major also was a no-brainer.
“I discovered my major while working on a NASA experiment,” she says. “I was doing engineering before engineering was my major.” Continue reading
Saturday Evening Post offers
insight into integration of baseball
By David King
As part of Black History Month, the Saturday Evening Post – which launched Volume 283 in January – reached back into its voluminous archive for a story about one of the biggest moments in the history of race relations in the United States.
The integration of major league baseball, which in the 1940s was the national pastime, helped launch the civil rights movement. It came before the military was integrated and before the Supreme Court struck down “separate but equal” schools and public facilities.
The Post’s story is a fly-on-the-wall view of the first meeting between the player chosen to break the color line, Jackie Robinson, and the man determined to make it happen, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey, and includes this famous exchange:
Rickey’s voice rose, “Suppose I’m a player in the heat of an important ball game!” He drew back and prepared to charge at him. “Suppose I collide with you at second base! When I get up, I yell, ‘You dirty black—’” He finished the excoriation and then said calmly, “What do you do?”
Robinson blinked. He licked his lips and swallowed. “Mr. Rickey,” he puzzled, “do you want a ballplayer who’s afraid to fight back?”
“I want a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back!” Rickey exclaimed almost savagely. He paced across the floor again and returned. “You’ve got to do this job with base hits and stolen bases and fielding ground balls, Jackie. Nothing else!”
Read the full story at the Saturday Evening Post.
Find access to the archives of many periodicals through Alkek Library’s electronic databases.
Click here for more on Black History Month at Texas State or read about the integration of Texas State University.