Black History Month 2022

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans to culture and society. Austin Community College District (ACC) commemorates the month with a series of hybrid events and profiles. Events are free and open to the community. Please check back here throughout the month as more events are added.

2022 Theme: Black Health and Wellness to Infinity and Beyond

This year’s theme is Health and Wellness for Sustainable Living. All events are sponsored by the College, the ACC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center, and the ACC African-American Cultural Center.

February 1st, 2022 - Kicking off BHM 2022

Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
Location: ACC Eastview Campus: African American Cultural Center & Zoom
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Facilitators: Professor Roland Hayes & Professor Corey Greathouse
Description: This event is a chill space to come together and meet some folks within the ACC and Greater Austin community. Fellowship is the key here so bring your smile, wit, and knowledge of Black history. Event will be facilitated by Professor Roland Hayes, a long-time pillar within the ACC and Austin communities, and Professor Corey Greathouse, the African and African Diaspora Studies Program Coordinator.

February 8th, 2022 - Art Walk

Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
Location: Virtual event via Zoom
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Facilitators: Darrell Merriweather & Sidne Campbell
Description: Take a moment to immerse yourself in the arts. Black people have told their stories through all avenues of artistic expression. Here we seek to shine the spotlight on artists within the ACC community.

Connect with our featured artists!

Naomi Jones
Instagram: @YoungSweeta
Facebook: Naomi Jones

Jacobie Jones
Instagram: @j.gerrel

Briana Major

Emmanuel King
Instagram: @mannymaserati

February 9th, 2022 - Salon/Barbershop Talk: “BRUH” & “Girrll!”: Healthy Relationships

Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
Location: ACC Highland Campus: TRHT Center & Zoom
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Facilitators: Darrell Merriweather, Tracy Long & BRASS members
Description: This event focuses on the dynamics of healthy relationships in a SAFE SPACE. This is a multigenerational conversation covering a wide range of topics including strategies to build positive relationships and ways to avoid toxic relationships and behaviors. Event will be facilitated by Darrell Merriweather.

February 17th, 2022 - Black History Month Poetry Celebration

Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2022
Location: Virtual event via Zoom
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Host: Brandon Thornton
Description: Experience dynamic spoken word poetry celebrating Black History Month at ACC. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to join the event via Zoom. There will be networking and giveaways for students.

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February 22nd, 2022 - Living for the Future: Health and Wellness for Sustainable Living

Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022
Location: ACC Highland Campus: TRHT Center & Zoom
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Panelists: Leah Leone, Le’Detrick Leonard and Brittany Reed (Bios below)
Description: How do we define health and wellness within the black community/culture? What tools and resources are available for maintaining economic, social, mental, spiritual and physical wellness? This session will address the importance of holistic living that will lead to a pathway for a sustainable future.

Panelist Bios

Leah LeoneLeah Leone
Leah began her career working within the Family Law courts as a court appointed High Conflict Mediator and Co-Parenting educator in three counties; Parker, Weatherford, and Tarrant County, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where she settled contentious divorce and custody cases.
She is an advanced credentialed mediator, and mediator trainer in North Carolina and Texas, and a former Clinical Law Professor who specialized in teaching alternative dispute resolution courses.
During her tenure as a law professor, Leah was appointed to create policy, train, and lead law students through the successful mediation of cases for a pilot program for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) office in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also held a volunteer position as a Truancy Court judge for middle schools, and created a student led peer mediation program for high school students. Leah has numerous certifications, board affiliations, honors, and awards, including a formal Resolution conferred by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission for her work in mediation.
She has a Juris Doctorate degree with a certificate in Dispute Resolution of Law. In Leah’s free time she is a blogger, writer, jazz singer, and parent to three beautiful, intelligent, and precocious children.

Le'Detrick LeonardLe’Detrick Leonard
Le’Detrick L. Leonard is a Certified Life Coach/Speaker/Author/Mental Health Advocate who enjoys helping people reach transformational moments in their lives. His goal is to inspire, motivate, and educate others to live the life they truly desire. He strives to empower individuals by equipping them with tools that will help navigate life’s journey when things become difficult mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Because of his own experience as a misguided youth, Mr. Leonard makes it a priority to give back through mentorship,leadership,and community service.

While some may consider it work, Mr. Leonard sees it as a blessing to have the privilege and opportunity to serve others who might find commonality and interest in his journey.

Coach Leonard has dedicated his life to serving people by offering services for one-on-one coaching,group coaching, and facilitating workshops.

Areas of Service:
● Personal Development/Growth workshops/coaching
● Speaking Engagements
● Career/Life Transition coaching
● Mental Health First Aid/Awareness workshops
● Team Building workshops
● Leadership Development workshops

February 22nd, 2022 - ACC presents "Artists in Conversation" hosted by The Art Galleries and the TRHT center

Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022
Location: ACC Highland Campus: TRHT center (in-person audience limited to 25 people) & Zoom
Time: 5:30 pm
Featured Artists: Bárbara Miñarro and Dave McClinton

February 23rd, 2022 - Historically Black Colleges and Universities Transfer Panel

Date: February 23rd, 2022
Location: Zoom
Time: 1:45 pm- 3:30 pm
Description: Join representatives from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for a panel discussion on transfer admission, helpful hints, and more information on their institutions. You will have an opportunity to ask your specific questions after the moderated panel.

Participating Universities:
Howard University
Huston-Tillotson University
Prairie View A&M University

Register to Join Session

Meeting ID: 969 8504 9605
Passcode: 778414

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Do you require any special accommodations? Contact or

If you require accommodations please let us know at least 5 business days before the session you plan to attend. We will work with ACC SAS office to provide the accommodation you need. Thank you!

February 28th, 2022 - Cooking Soul…the healthy way! Featuring Chef Bryant Currie

Date: Monday, February 28th, 2022
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hosts: Chef Bryant Currie & Darrell Merriweather
Description: As we celebrate Black History Month and specifically address health and wellness, we can’t forget about food! Chef Currie will provide a tasty and colorful interactive demonstration of Soul Food cooking that showcases the history of food preparation in the Black community, while also incorporating strategies for healthy eating.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 942 4655 7163
Passcode: 407557

Black History Month 2022 Essay Contest

Promoting health & wellness in the Black community: doing it for the culture!

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 2022 semester.
  • Essays must be typed.
  • The essay text is limited to no more than 500 words, 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 (Promoting health & wellness in the Black community: doing it for the culture)
    • Author’s name
    • Student ID number
    • ACC email address
    • Phone number
    • References should be cited, included, and clearly identified.
    • Essays must be received by 12pm on 2/21/2022:
      e-mail,  *Essays will be judged on comprehension, organization, creativity, & writing.
      $50 & $25 prize awarded to the top essays.

Books, Articles, Movies Oh My!

ACC Library Services has all the resources needed for engaging and entertaining you to infinity and beyond during Black History Month.

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MasterClass for BHM!

MasterClass is offering a free course for Black History Month called “The History You Weren’t Taught In School – Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love”. 

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Employee Interview Series

Meet some of our inspiring faculty and staff and learn what Black History Month and this year’s theme of Black health and wellness through the arts means to them.

ACC Inspiring Stories

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