TEXARKANA, Texas — Plenty of opportunities remain in February to celebrate the unique cultural and civic contributions of African Americans.
Remaining Black History Month-themed events include two Boredom Busters for youth at Discovery Place Interactive Museum downtown, each of which has a local connection.
This Saturday, children can write their own love poems as they learn about Maya Angelou, the late poet and memoirist who grew up in Stamps, Ark., not far from Texarkana. With Valentine's Day as a theme, kids will also learn about various poetic styles and how to write them, inspired by the powerful verse of Angelou.
Atlanta, Texas-born pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman is celebrated Saturday, Feb. 22, with a STEM-themed Boredom Buster for youngsters. Using simple construction materials like straw, tape and index cards, kids will craft their very own airplanes, which they can fly outside. Coleman was the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.
Both Discovery Place events are held 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 215 Pine St. They're $5 for the general public and free for Texarkana Museums System members and children 3 and under, or $2 for NSAP/EBT card holders. Make reservations by calling 903-793-4831 or visiting the Facebook event pages or TexarkanaMuseums.org/Events.
Texarkana College has two more events on tap in keeping with a Black History Month theme of "Honoring the Past, Vocalizing the Future."
The Texarkana Pan Hellenic Council Black Fraternities and Sororities Forum (The Divine Nine) will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Levi Hall Conference Room on campus. People can learn more about joining a national Greek organization at this event sponsored by TC's Cultural Awareness Student Association and Black Student Association. Soul food is provided.
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TC's Truman Arnold Student Center, the college presents its Black History Celebration: Talent Showcase and Traditional African American Fashion Show.
With an eye to celebrate traditions, the show features community members modeling African fashions, along with performances by students, faculty and staff from the college. Local food truck Shell Shocked Catering & Events will be on campus that day, too.