Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney: “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas”


The South Texas College Library joins the nation in celebrating the contributions and achievements made by African Americans as well as paying tribute to the generations who struggled with adversity throughout the entire history of the United States.  Black History Month is an annual commemoration held in the month of February.

The South Texas College Library will take part with a series of events featuring movies, book displays, and a guest speaker event.

On Thursday February 26th, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney will give his lecture “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month” at 1:00 pm at the Mid Valley Campus Auditorium and also at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library.

In his lecture Dr. Dulaney will discuss the origins of African American History Month, how people and events have been omitted from history, and he will highlight the history of African Americans in Texas.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney is the chair of the UT Arlington History Department. He wrote the lead essay, as well as other essays for the new “Handbook of African American Texas,” an online resource created by the Texas State Historical Association.  His other entries include one on Estevanico, a Moor who was the first African Texan on record, as well as other entries.  Dr. Dulaney is also the author of the book Black Police in America (Indiana Press University).

“We are proud to offer these events to our students and our community,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “People are continually drawn to the complex stories in history that help inform our world today.  Through his talk, Dr. Dulaney will help us see how broad Texas history truly is.”

For a complete list of events, visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents or call (956) 872-6485 or email egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.  Admission to events is always free and open to the public.