Black History Month 2023

The SAC Black History Month Committee presents:


Black History Month Kickoff

Celebrate the kick-off of Black History Month with music, food, and the opportunity to meet with local black-owned businesses in the Mall Area.

Date: Monday, February 6

Time: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Location: SAC Mall (Fiesta Room for rain)


Dear Black Males

Anthony Gay & Qur-an Webb will facilitate a much-needed conversation about the negative depiction of black males in today’s society and how that depiction perpetuates systematic oppression and implicit bias that directly impact the physical, emotional and mental health well-being of Black Males. This conversation is crucial as it will enable us to learn how to support the healing of Black Males, which will have a direct impact on improving black families and communities. Please use the QR code to register as seating is limited to 50 people.

Date: Tuesday, February 7

Time: 10:00 A.M -12:00 P.M.

Location: Victory Center 202

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Black Resistance in Film

Join us for a feature presentation on Black resistance in film as part of our Black History Month 2022 celebrations! “As Dr. King said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Therefore, developing a deep empathy and understanding of narrative history affords us a unique opportunity to better navigate the past to positively transform our future. The program will highlight the significance of Black artists and filmmakers' contributions to the long freedom movement. We will conclude the program with a brief discussion led by San Antonio College History faculty Dr. Samuel Byndom. Lunch will be provided while supplies last.

Date:  Thursday, February 9

Time: 12:15 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Location: Fletcher 212 (new location)


"SAY THEIR NAME" Silent Protest 

What is the silent protest about? It is an organized effort in which participants remain silent in order to demonstrate disapproval for racially motivated injustices that have been endured by people of color throughout history. This demonstration is about raising awareness and highlighting the lives and stories of people that have lost their lives because of hate crimes, police brutality, gun violence, lynchings, racism, or senseless acts of violence. By telling their stories, we not only educate and empower each other, but we become the voice they no longer have. Sometimes silence sends the loudest message.

What do I have to do to? In order to fully execute this event in the capacity that we wish to, we need as many volunteers, students, and staff to participate as possible by holding posters during the event.

Date: Thursday, February 16 

Time: 10:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M.

Location: SAC Mall

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We will be meeting prior to the event to decorate posters. If you are interested in participating, please join the group via this link to stay up-to-date on the details and any announcements related to the event.


Crucial Conversations with Judge William Cruz Shaw & Commissioner Tommy Calvert

San Antonio College will welcome the honorable Judge William “Cruz” Shaw and Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert. The two will share a powerful conversation on what it means to be black while being an elected official. In addition, the two will converse on how they prioritize serving their communities and what it means to lead by example. Lunch will be provided to attendees while supplies last.

Date: Monday, February 20

Time: 12:15-1:30

Location: Fiesta Room


Open Mic Night with Black Resistance Theme

Join the Office of Student Life for a special evening of open mic night! The theme for the evening will be black resistance. Refreshments to be provided for attendees.

Date: Thursday, February 23

Time:  7:00 P.M.

Location: Fiesta Room


Black Resistance in the Arts

Andrew Scott, Mark Cardwell and Maria Williams will convene an exciting panel that explores the nature of Black Resistance in the Arts, including identifying and addressing historical structural issues that have become both elements of visual expression and calls for community action to make change. These panelists will present examples of their own work and research, and talk about how they’ve managed to make progress in ways that have challenged assumptions about their value as creatives in a post-colonial, multi-cultural, and pluralistic world. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, February 28

Time:  10:50 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Location: NAHC 218

About the Panelists:

Andrew Scott    Mark Cardwell

Maria Williams


Digging Deeper: Resources for Learning

Learn more about African American Resistance during the Civil Rights Movement in San Antonio, state and national organizations. In the links below you will find books, articles, learning activities, lesson plans, and research databases related to a wide variety topics created by scholars, activists, and non-profits dedicated to preserving the history of African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement.


Texas/San Antonio Specific Resources

San Antonio African American Community and Archive Museum (link to main page; access to virtual exhibits and resources)

Texas Freedom Colonies Project (Database of Freedom colonies established in Texas after the Civil War)

Historic African American Cemeteries (Bexar Co. historical cemeteries)

Eastside Cemeteries (2012) (2012 article on Eastside historical cemeteries)

The Historic African American Cemetery (Historical Marker Database)

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center (Austin)

African Americans and the San Antonio Education System (video from SAACAM)

Teaching/Learning Resources

Lesson Plans & Learning Activities


CSPAN in the Classroom


National Museum of African American History and Culture

Research Databases & Resources



Racial Violence & Lynching


Video & Multimedia


Books & Graphic Novels


Graphic Novels: Check out your local library for these titles.

John Lewis’ March Trilogy

John Lewis’ Run (sequel to March)

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

Kindred: a Graphic Novel Adaptation

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom

Civil Rights Movement/Vietnam

Claudet Colvin Refuses to Move: Courageous Kid of the Civil Rights Movement

The Little Rock Nine Challenge Segregation

The Silence of Our Friends

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Graphic History of America’s Great Civil Rights Leader

History Comics: Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin: Civil Rights Heroes

Ruby Bridges Takes Her Seat

Medgar Evers and the NAACP

Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

Man on a Mission: James Meredith and the Battle of Ole Miss

Strange Fruit, v. 1 & 2


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black Leaders as Obituaries Portrayed Them

MLK’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture audio recording

The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks: An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther KIng, Jr.

Teaching MLK’s LIfe-- The Man, Not the Myth

Martin Luther King, Jr. Was More Radical Than We Remember (Teen Vogue)


If you have any questions about Black History Month at SAC, please contact Dr. Barbara Knotts or Dr. Seabrook Jones