Black History Month: UTSA hosts Black Heritage Banquet Feb. 28

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(Feb. 25, 2013) -- After a two year absence, the UTSA Black Heritage Banquet will return as part of Black History Month at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 28 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event, which is sold out, is sponsored by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

"I'm extremely excited that the Black Heritage Banquet is coming back," said Charnelle Thompson, president of Black Student Union and chair of the Black Heritage Banquet Planning Committee. "It embodies a great number of things for me. I will not only be able to celebrate my heritage but celebrate in the company of close friends who will one day make history themselves and grace the pages, covers and programs of black heritage banquets in years to come."

The banquet will include student performances and a keynote address from Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of education in the Columbia University Teachers College and host of the nationally syndicated television show "Our World With Black Enterprise," which airs Sunday mornings on TV One and various cities around the country.

"I'm excited about attending the banquet because we get to see the UTSA community come together to celebrate African-American history," said Nathan Mcduell, vice president of programs for VOICES. "This event will mean so much to me, and even more from coming off The Progression and learning new things about black history."

The Progression tour was Jan. 8-12 with the Martin Luther King March on Jan. 21. The trip took students from San Antonio to New Orleans to Birmingham and to Memphis. The students visited historical markers such as the 9th Ward, the Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Black History Month is an annual celebration in the United States and other countries to recognize the contributions of African-Americans and their role in history. The celebration, originally a week long, was developed by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the federal government expanded the celebration to one month.

For more information, contact the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at 210-458-4770.