Angelina College Honoring Black History Month

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

Series of Events Highlights Cultural Contribution

Angelina College in February will honor Black History Month with a series of events including art galleries, guest speakers and musical performances.

Beginning with a public reception for artists in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, the college will host events geared toward raising awareness of cultural contributions in all forms.

This year’s gallery is dedicated in memoriam to longtime contributing artist Dwight Gipson.

Group member and contributor Karen Moore-Christopher states, “As black artists we create more than just BLACK Art. We do not want you to lump us as artists together based on our race without looking at the art we are creating because it does not give enough credit to the work. Come and see ‘what we do’ and leave with and concede that ‘once you viewed’ there is something significant about the traditions of a black artist’s work that is empowering. It allows connections to be made in the curating process that make for meaning about black art. Black artists are practicing art that speaks loudly and unapologetically of and to the black experience.”

Group member and artist Shelia Thomas added, “As an artist, creating beauty is a challenge. Each time we pick up a canvas, it’s about the colors of the work. The artist who’s creating it happens to be African-American. The art has no boundaries – only the boundary of the mind. The joy is seeing and hearing people’s reactions to the paintings.”

Following is a list of scheduled events:

Feb. 1-24: Artists will display their works in various mediums in a gallery exhibited in the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery on the AC campus.

Thursday, Feb. 3: Guest speaker Joseph Ceasar, who will offer a presentation titled “Finance and Business Ownership and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.” The presentation takes place from 11:25 a.m. until 12:25 p.m. at AC’s Temple Theater.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Guest speaker Johnny Giles will discuss “Local Black History and Voting Rights” from 11-11:20 a.m. at AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: A screening of “Women of the Movement” will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

Thursday, Feb. 17: Presenter Martha Hernandez of the Angelina County Health District will offer “Health Equality vs. Health Equity”, followed by a discussion, from 10:50 – 11:20 a.m. at AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23: Jazz and Blues bands – and the AC Chorale on the 23rd – will perform for attending fans from 10:50-11:20 a.m. in AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

All events offer free admission to the public. For further information, contact Krista Brown at or Le’Anne Alexander at

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