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  • andrea.vasquez 9:25 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    South Campus’ annual Black History Month luncheon features Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden 

    On Feb. 15, 2017, the San Jacinto College South Campus students and employees experienced a powerful introduction to Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden’s educational presentation on the 2017 theme for Black History Month: The Crisis in Black Education. Dr. Gooden opened her presentation by delivering Jewel Diamond Taylor’s “I’m not giving my Black back” poem entirely by memory and delivered with impeccable oratory style. Dr. Gooden then went on to provide students with a thought provoking presentation which asked students to critically think and value the opportunities that education affords them. Some of the powerful quotations Dr. Gooden used to exemplify the value of education to the audience were by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, father of Black History Month and Frederick Douglas, abolitionist. Dr. Woodson’s words “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary,” resonated with several students as did Frederick Douglas’s words: “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Those attending the luncheon enjoyed a wonderful and delicious meal prepared the by the San Jacinto College North Campus Culinary Arts students supervised by Chef Tim Banks.  Those in attendance feasted on the homemade meal comprised of tender smoked chicken, fried and flaky catfish, comforting chicken and dumplings, savory collard greens, creamy macaroni and cheese, buttery and cinnamon flavored yams, moist cornbread, sweet tea to drink and for a sweet finish- their popular award-winning peach cobbler.  There were more than 90 attendees for the event. The South Campus Black History Month Committee works in conjunction with the San Jacinto College Diversity Council.

  • andrea.vasquez 9:28 am on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    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. (More …)

  • andrea.vasquez 11:48 am on February 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    South Campus kicks off Black History Month 2015 

    On Feb. 4, 2015 the San Jacinto College South Campus  celebrated the beginning of Black History Month by hosting a luncheon which embraced the theme “Sankofa”-Reaching Back to Move Forward. The word “Sankofa” is from the Akan language of Ghana and when translated into English means “reach back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to look, to seek and take).  As people arrived, a presentation filled with various facts about the positive contributions of African Americans to our society was on display. (More …)

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