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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.

 

 

Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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