Black History Month 2022

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Health & Wellness in the African American Community

The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large.

While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.


Association for the Study of African American Life and History
The Founders of Black History Month
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St. Philip's College is celebrating Black History Month (BHM) beginning February 1, 2022. The 2022 schedule features events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The diverse schedule of virtual programs and events strives to motivate, inspire and enlighten the SPC community in honor of National Black History Month.

Black History Month Kick-Off Event

The month kicked off with a virtual presentation featuring Dr. Kenneth R. Kemp and SPC President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston premiering on February 7, 2022, at 3 PM. View the kick-off presentation with closed captioning on our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/gospc.

Meet the Artist Showcase Event

We continue our celebration of Black History Month 2022 with the Meet the Artist Showcase featuring artist Lionel Sosa on Monday, February 28, 2022. View the presentation with closed captioning on our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/gospc.

Black History Month Featured Guest

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth R. Kemp - Feb. 7

Dr. Kenneth R. Kemp

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Kenneth R. Kemp, MD is Senior Pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of San Antonio, TX and a practicing pulmonologist and intensivist.  He has served as the Senior Pastor of Antioch since 2009.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he is a certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.  He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is also Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University and adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care at University of Texas Health-San Antonio. 

He retired as a Colonel from the Army Medical Corps in September 2009 after 25 years of total service and he continues to practice pulmonary and critical medicine. Having served on numerous boards and commissions, he is the National Director of the Health Awareness Team of the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated, International.

He is the lead editor of “Lessons for Life” and the author of “A Servant’s Heart” and “A Cry During Crisis.”  He is married to Velma Willoughby Kemp, with whom he has two daughters: Jessica, a staff minister at Antioch, and Joelle, a pharmacist in Atascocita, TX.

Featured Artist: Lionel Sosa - TBA

Lionel Sosa, Artist

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Lionel Sosa is an independent marketing consultant and nationally recognized portrait artist. He is the founder of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, which became the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the U.S.

Sosa is an acknowledged expert in Hispanic consumer and voter behavior and was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine.

Lionel has authored 3 books and is co-author to 2 others. He is the author of “Children of the Revolucion- How the Mexican Revolution Changed America”, distributed by Texas University Press, “Think and Grow Rich, a Latino Choice” published in by Random House, “The Americano Dream: How Latinos Can Achieve Success in Business and in Life”, published by Dutton. He is co-author of “El Vaquero Real- the Original American Cowboy” published by Bright Sky Press and was a contributing author of “Latinos and the Nations Future”, edited by Henry Cisneros and published by Arte Publico Press, University of Houston.

Lionel was a media consultant for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He has served on the teams of eight national Republican presidential campaigns.

Lionel is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and has served on the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, the Board of Trustees for the University of the Incarnate Word, the Boards of Sesame Workshop, creators of Sesame Street, ACT (American College Testing), PBS, the Public Broadcasting System and NCLR, National Council of La Raza. He chaired both the United Way of San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony and was Executive Director for the grassroots foundation, MATT- Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together.

In 2001, Sosa was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary PhD in Humanities from the University of the Incarnate Word. His portraits in oil have been exhibited at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The George H.W. Bush Library at College Station, Texas and Texas A&M University San Antonio, among others.

Guest Speaker: Latasha Teamer - Feb. 17

Latasha Teamer, MS, LPC, LMFT

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Latasha is the owner and clinical director of H.O.P.E. Youth and Family Development, a center that serves as a place of refuge dedicated to restoring youth and families by facilitating spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional healing and continued growth. Latasha is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, and certified General Education teacher who specializes in the counseling and educational services of children, adolescents, and adults. She uses a multidisciplinary approach, as she believes that through collaboration clients are offered a wide range of options and services that meet their diverse needs in our growing society. Latasha enjoys assisting clients with race-based trauma, conflict resolution skills, depression, anxiety, life and family transitions, crisis stabilization, communication skills, and behavioral concerns.

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