Black History Month

Black histrory month february 2019

ACC honors Black History Month with a series of events at campuses districtwide. The Black Student Success Committee, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, and African American-Cultural Center are co-hosting these events, which are free and open to the community. Please check back here throughout the month as more events are added.

2019 Theme: Black Migrations
The national 2019 Black History Month theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. According to Black History Month founders, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, his theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. Migrations during this time resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu.

ACC Influencers

Throughout Black History Month, Austin Community College sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Black History Month means to them.

Clarence Watson
ACC talks Black History Month: Clarence Watson

Meet Clarence Watson, an ACC Social Work student and student liason.

ACC talks Black History Month: Marcus McQuirter

Meet Marcus McQuirter, the chair of ACC’s Drama Department. 

Chantae Recasner
ACC talks Black History Month: Chantae Recasner

Meet Dr. Chantae Recasner, Faculty and Instructional Development dean. 

ACC talks Black History Month: Mervin J. Jones

Meet Mervin J. Jones, Student Affairs dean.

ACC talks Black History Month: Rosalind Cunningham

Meet Rosalind (Roz) Cunningham, a completion counselor at Eastview Campus.


Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch

Wednesday, February 6 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | ACC’s African American Cultural Center | Eastview Campus, Building 2000, Room 2133

The event will be led by student organizations that will host questions and a panel discussion about the importance of Black History and the Black Migration of the twentieth century through today.

Black History Month Musical Showcase

Wednesday, February 13 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | ACC’s African American Cultural Center | Eastview Campus, Building 2000, Room 2133

This event will showcase the musical talents of Faculty, Staff, students or community persons that will highlight the culture of black music.

Black History Month Trivia Bowl

Wednesday, February 20 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | ACC’s African American Cultural Center | Eastview Campus, Building 2000, Room 2133

The Black History Trivia Bowl will consist of questions related to black history dealing with sports, entertainment, history, literature.

Black History Month Community Extravaganza

Thursday, February 21 | 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Riverside Campus Lecture Hall, Building G, First Floor

The community extravaganza will host activities that will include poetry & literature readings, historical facts, current events, award presentation of essay writing contest, etc.

Black History Month Business Bazaar

Wednesday, February 27 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Eastview Campus, Building 2000, First Floor Student Lounge

A showcase of black-owned businesses. 

Black History Month Essay Writing Contest

The Great Migration: 20th Century - Present.

Write an essay about The Great Migration: 20th Century - Present. Maximum 500 words. Essays will be judged on comprehension, organization, creativity, & writing. References should be cited, included, and clearly identified. Contact Dorado Kinney at for details.

$100 prize for winning essay
Deadline: February 15 | Noon
Email to

Contest Regulations:
All essays must comply with the following contest rules before submission:

  • No literary form other than an essay will be accepted.
  • Each essay must reflect the contestant’s own research, writing, and original thinking.
  • Only one (1) essay may be submitted by each contestant.
  • Contestants must be current ACC students enrolled for the spring 2019 semester.
  • Essays must be typed.
  • The essay text is limited to no more than 500 word, 12-point font, single-sided, numbered pages with one-inch margins. The title page is not included in the word count.
  • Each essay must include a title page, not considered text, with the following information:
    • Essay title (theme to be announced)
    • Author’s name
    • Student ID number
    • ACCmail address
    • Phone number