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LSC-University Park invites community to celebrate Black History Month

HOUSTON – Students, employees and the community are invited to celebrate Black History Month with a historical re-enactment performance by Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux at the college Feb. 19 and 20.

“Black History Month is another opportunity to learn about and honor the contributions and history of African-Americans,” said Dr. Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park president. “Innovation in Inclusion is one of LSC-University Park’s ongoing, strategic priorities that helps make us the community’s college, and we’re proud to offer many culturally enriching opportunities to the community.”

LSC-University Park’s event will feature Waddy-Thibodeaux in a one-woman performance of Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, followed by an interactive discussion. Waddy-Thibodeaux is the president and CEO of Flying Geese Productions, a nonprofit organization which specializes in educational entertainment. Her program, "The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom," travels worldwide and provides a historical account of Tubman’s inspiring life story and its connection to the present.

LSC-University Park’s Office of Student Life and Student Learning Resource Center have organized a variety of cultural and educational events throughout February to engage the college community. 

The college hosted two screenings of the documentary “13th,” a film that takes a deep look at race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. During a chartered tour of the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston, LSC-University Park students also had the opportunity to learn about the legacy of African-American soldiers in U.S. wars and conflicts.

Later this month, LSC-University Park professors Joseph Butler and Jermaine Johnson will lead a panel discussion about social justice.

LSC-University Park supports more than 25 registered student organizations, including the Black Student Union. The Black Student Union celebrates black culture, lifestyles and history, and provides volunteer opportunities in African-American communities. All students are welcome to join the organization.

Waddy-Thibodeaux’s performance will take place Feb. 19 and 20 at 12:30 p.m. in B13.210. For more information about the performance and upcoming events at LSC-University Park, visit events.LoneStar.edu/site/UniversityPark.