Black History Month Celebrated at South Campus

On Feb. 3, 2016 the South Campus Black History Month Committee had their kickoff luncheon for this year’s theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. Mr. Judson Robinson III was the keynote speaker.  Since 2008, Mr. Robinson has been the President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL).  The mission of HAUL is to help Blacks and other minorities achieve economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. Mr. Robinson III is responsible for the youth education, health, employment preparation and placement, home ownership counseling, small business assistance and civic advocacy programs. Prior to being elected to the Houston City Council from 1991-1997, his father Judson Robinson Jr. was the first African American elected to the Houston City Council.

Mr. Robinson III encouraged students to ask themselves “Who are you?” and “What do you want people to answer when they are asked about you?”  He shared how meaningful and motivational it was for him to bear witness to all of the people that his father helped as they were paying their respect to his father and his family during his father’s funeral. Mr. Robinson III reminded us that we are in the DASH and it is the END that matters. We must be focused on what we are doing to make this world a better place and think about what others will say about you when you die. He also encouraged students to use their resources and to remember that if you have been blessed with a great legacy you have a responsibility to help others. Also, if you are the first ones in your family to go to college, the fact that you are carving a path for others to follow you is also a good thing and using your resources wisely is a must when making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The amazing and delicious food was provided by the North Campus culinary arts program at the headed by Chef Timothy Banks.  The meal consisted of fried pork ribs, sweet and savory smoked cabbage and ham, Hopping John, which is a blend of rice, black eyed peas and collard greens, regular or cheddar jalapeno cornbread, and the ever popular award winning peach cobbler. The students did an outstanding job with their food preparation and serving.

Members of the 2015-2016 Black History Month Committee at San Jacinto College South Campus are: Tonja Conerly, Angie Sprowl, Rukiya Akua, Daniel Byars, Louis Pitre, B.K. Silva and Cristina Doda Cárdenas.