El Paso Community College (EPCC) will celebrate Black History with its annual month of activities this February. This year’s theme is Black Migrations.
Through the month, each campus library will have displays; an art show will be in the foyer of the Administrative Services Center (ASC) Building A, 9050 Viscount Blvd., beginning February 11 and two special events will tie the celebration together.
“Recognizing the accomplishments of Black Americans is an important part of Diversity Programs at EPCC,” said Olga Chavez, Director of Diversity Programs. “The diversity of students, faculty and staff and their important roles leads to a better community as a whole.”
The first major event was the annual Gospel Concert. Which was held Friday, February 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the ASC Building A, Auditorium. Some of the featured acts were the Praise Temple Gospel Choir, Mount Olive Choir and Prince of Peace Praise Team.
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EPCC music and communicaiton professor Billy Townes will be honored at the Black History Legacy Awards Dinner Feb.
The Gospel Concert was free and open to the public.Wrapping up the month will be the Black History Legacy Awards Dinner and Celebration, Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in the ASC Building A, Auditorium.
Tickets to this event are $25 and are available online at https://secure.touchnet.com Tickets are not available at the door.
EPCC Black History Legacy Award winners will be Mrs. Estine Davis, Major General Edward Greer, Ms. Juliet Hart and Mr. Billy Townes.
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Michael V. Williams, Director of African-American Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
As an EPCC Professor who continues to shows his passion through music, Mr. Billy Townes is one that will be honored at the Black History Legacy Awards Dinner and Celebration, El Paso’s own Piano man was grateful that his own peers and community are going to honor him with a legacy award.
“I love this community and I work hard in it and being able to be recognized for all the things I’ve done musically for this community means a lot to me.”Townes is more than ever more motivated to keep doing what he loves doing and that is making more music for people to love, Townes is now working on his 17th album.
He is most humbled and honored to accept such an award, “I didn’t expect this award, to be honest I have heard of the award but I didn’t know what it meant until I looked more into it, it meant that people were actually listening to my music and they love it, they love it enough to give me such an honor.
Not only that but they appreciate what I’ve done for the community for almost 30 years.”
For information on all Black History Month activities, contact the EPCC Diversity Programs office at (915) 831-7898.
EPCC takes pride in promoting culture of diversity at all of our campuses. EPCC is a three-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
This is a national honor for postsecondary institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.