Black History Month

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Virtual Event, The Dream Continues: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Monday, January 18
10 a.m.
Watch live on Channel 4 NBC News

Due to COVID 19 concerns, the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March will be celebrated virtually. Find more information at

Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson

Wednesday, February 3
1-2 p.m.

Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson will be reading from her new book, She Lives in Music, and will discuss her journey as a poet, artist, and most recently, Poet Laureate of San Antonio.

Giveaways include BHM shirts and stickers.

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Artist Bio

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson is a San Antonio native. She serves as a Teaching Artist for Gemini Ink and is an artist in residence with The Carver Community Cultural Center. Her debut book is entitled, She Lives In Music, Flower Song Press, February 2020. Her music is available on all music streaming platforms. Andrea is the first black, Poet Laureate of San Antonio 2020-2023. Some of her awards include Dream Voice 2018People’s Choice Award 2019Best Live Entertainment/Band Musician of the Year by the 17th Annual SEA Awards, and The Arts and Letters Award by Friends of San Antonio Public Library.

Dr. Colwyn Headley

Tuesday, February 9
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Dr. Colwyn Headley is a Post-Doctoral Scientist for the Host-Pathogen Interaction Program at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He will share his experience with students on his journey from being a child who migrated to the United States and struggling to complete his degree in higher education to working as a Post-Doctoral Scientist who hopes to change the aging process in the body’s immune system through his research.

Giveaways include STEM Center swag.

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Speaker Bio

Dr. Colwyn Headley is currently a Post-Doctoral Scientist at Texas Biomedical, investigating the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on the adaptive immune response in the context of aging and infections. He completed both his undergraduate and doctoral training at The Ohio State University. Dr. Headley is also involved in some of Texas Biomedical’s COVID-19 related projects.


Monday, February 22
11 a.m.-Noon

Join us to listen to SaulPaul’s dynamic performance, featuring music from latest album, Be the Change, and excerpts from his debut memoir, Be the Change: A Story of Transformation. Grammy Award-nominated artist, SaulPaul, has garnered an international reputation as a musician with a message. From performing at two TEDx Talks, five Super Bowls, America’s Got Talent, SXSW, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Austin City Limits, SaulPaul has performed nationally and internationally in theaters, concert venues, and festivals across the country. 

Giveaways include BHM shirts and stickers.

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Engineering Panel 

Wednesday, February 24
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The STEM Center will host a group of engineers who will be sharing their career experiences and how they got into their respective fields. Speakers include Isabell Piña, Erick Yanta, and Nathaniel Johnson.

Giveaways include STEM Center swag.

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Speaker Bios 

Isabell Piña

Isabell Piña was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She always knew working in the science world was where she wanted to be. With five siblings (three sisters and two brothers), characteristics such as responsibility, teamwork, and even creativity were STEM skills in the making. In school, she studied hard in all the subjects, especially in math and science. Growing up, she always excelled but had a particular interest in STEM-related activities, so she joined organizations like Whiz Kids and Science Club, Junior National Honor Society, and the Society of Women Engineers and Latinos in Science and Engineering. Now she is a Mechanical Engineer at InCube Labs, where her primary role is to design and develop implantable medical devices.


Erick Yanta

Erick Yanta is a San Antonio native who, from a young age, developed an interest in metal fabrication and anything with an engine. He attended East Central High School and later graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he went to work with Zachry and then Alamo Industrial. In 2018 he became a licensed professional engineer and opened his own engineering firm - Atnay Engineering. 


Nathaniel Johnson

Nathaniel Johnson was born in northern Kentucky, in a city just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. From as young as he could remember, he has had a passion for STEM and aspired to become an inventor. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Cincinnati with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 as a first-generation college student from a large family (nine siblings). He now works as a Structural Dynamics Engineer (civilian) in the Air Force. In his role, Nathaniel analyzes contractor’s work to determine compliance with respective standards and contractual requirements.

Virtual Exhibit 

February 1–28

Chez Baldwin: An Exploration of James Baldwin's Life and Works Through the Powerful Lens of His House "Chez Baldwin" in St. Paul de Vence, France

This exhibit was made available with permission from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

View the exhibit

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Phone: (210) 486-3130

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