Black History Month 2024


SPC Black History Month

This year's theme: African Americans and the Arts

"African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans." - ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

St. Philip's College is celebrating Black History Month (BHM) beginning February 1, 2024. The 2024 schedule features events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The diverse schedule of programs and events strives to motivate, inspire and enlighten the SPC community in honor of National Black History Month. 

Black History Month Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker: Deborah A. Moore Harris

Deborah A. Moore Harris, Fiber Artist and Quilter

Deborah A. Moore HarrisI am an Army Veteran originally from Detroit, Michigan. I am married to a retired Army officer, the proud mother of two sons, 3 dogs and one “stray” cat. Prior to my husband’s retirement from the Army, we established residency in Helotes Texas after being stationed in 7 different states or countries. Though I have created art and sewn most of my life, my focus on fiber and quilting began over 20 years ago. I use my skills to portray stories of the past, as well as an expression my thoughts regarding cultural and current events.


  • Carver Library 2018
  • St. Phillips College 2018
  • Carver Cultural Center – Telling Our Story 2018
  • Texas Folklife Stitched Stories of Texas Quilters, Austin Texas 2020
  • Sharing a Piece of Me – San Antonio Texas
  • Our Quilting Experience – San Antonio Texas 2021
  • I Can’t Breathe (coat) – Fantastic Fibers 2021, Yeiser Art Center
  • MLK March, We Who Believe in Freedom tour, curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi 2020 - 2021
  • American Legacy, We are the Story, curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi 2021
  • Access Delayed: African American Suffragists, Houston International Quilt Festival, 2021
  • Church Ladies, Atlanta Georgia, 2021
  • Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American the West, curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi 2022
  • These Ain’t Yo Big Mama’s Quilts, San Antonio Texas, 2022
  • Follow the Threads: Story Quilts and Fabulous Yarns, San Marcos Texas, curator Linda Kelsey-Jones 2022 – 2023
  • Calaboose Museum, San Marcos Texas 2023
  • University of Texan Cultures, permanent quilt display 2023
Guest Speaker: Michele Norris

Michele Norris

Michele NorrisMichele Norris is one of America’s most trusted voices in journalism, earning several honors over a long career, including Peabody, Emmy, Dupont, and Goldsmith awards. She is a columnist for The Washington Post Opinion Section and from 2002 to 2012 she was a cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered. Norris is also the founding director of The Race Card Project, a Peabody Award–winning narrative archive where people around the world share their reflections on identity—in just 6-words. Her first book, The Grace of Silence, was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Kansas City Star. Before joining NPR, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News covering politics, policy, and the dynamics of social change. Early in her career, she also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Black History Month Events

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