EPCC set to celebrate Black History Month with numerous events

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will celebrate Black History with its annual month of activities this February. This year’s theme is African Americans and the Vote: Overcoming Obstacles to Success.

Through the month, each campus library will have displays; an art show will be in the foyer of the Administrative Services Center (ASC) Building A, 9050 Viscount Blvd., beginning February 17 and two special events will tie the celebration together.

“Recognizing the accomplishments of Black Americans is an important part of Diversity and Inclusion Programs at EPCC,” said Olga Chavez, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs. “The diversity of students, faculty and staff and their important roles leads to a better community as a whole.”

The first major event is the annual Legacy Awards Dinner. It will be held Friday, February 21 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. in the ASC Building A, Auditorium. Tickets to this event are $40 and are available online. Tickets are not available at the door.

EPCC Black History Legacy Award winners will be Honorable Judge John Chatman, Ms. Baby Ruth Boswell, and EPCC Cross Country Half Marathon Team. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Gary Bledsoe, President of the Texas NAACP

Wrapping up the month will be the Black History Panel Discussion on this year’s theme. The event will be held at the Transmountain Campus, Foyer, Wednesday, February 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Panelists include Mr. Anthony C. Robinson (Retired Command Sergeant Major), Ms. Crystal S. Roman (Writer, Producer, Director at The Black Latina Movement), Ms. Abeni Janae Merriweather (UTEP Student, Teen Advocate, Musician), and Mr. Curtis Smith (Retired Army Veteran, Bronze Star Combat Award Recipient).

For information on all Black History Month activities, contact the EPCC Diversity and Inclusion Programs office at (915) 831-7898.