Associate Professor W. Marvin Dulaney (History) will discuss the origins of Black History Month and the impact of African Americans in Texas during a Wednesday, Feb. 5 lecture event.
The talk, “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month,” will be held at noon in the Rio Grande Room A of the E.H. Hereford University Center, and is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.
Dulaney, who is also chairperson of the Department of History, will talk about his research on the social and political history of African Americans in Dallas as well as his contributions to the Handbook of African American Texas. He will also talk about Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and Woodson’s work to organize Negro History Week in 1926.
“We’ve made a lot of progress,” Dulaney said. “But we still have people who have no concept of what slavery was about. There are some who have no clue about the power of slavery and how it shaped race relations in the U.S.”
Dulaney, who is an expert in African American history, will also highlight the civil rights movement in the 20th century and showcase the movement’s nonviolent, legal approach to ending discrimination.