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May 1st, 6:30PM-10:00PM
The 2014-2015 Common Experience celebration begins with a tribute to the first five African American women who desegregated Southwest Texas State College in 1963 — Georgia Hoodye Cheatham, Helen Jackson Franks, Gloria Odoms Powell, Dana Jean Smith, and Mabeleen Washington Wozniak. This event will honor the five women as trailblazers and recognize their contributions to Texas State history. The event will feature a conversation, tributes, entertainment, and a reception.
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
June 21st, 9:00AM-11:00AM
This year’s Juneteenth Parade in San Marcos kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, following a program commemorating the two historic anniversaries — Juneteenth and the Civil Rights Act. Dr. Dwight D. Watson, Associate Professor of History at Texas State University, whose specialties include African American History and the Civil Rights Movement, will be the special guest speaker. Meet-up time is 9 a.m. at the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial (corner of LBJ and MLK Drives). The route will take participants from the Crossroads Memorial, up LBJ Drive, across Hopkins, down Guadalupe, and along MLK Drive to the Dunbar Center.
Crossroads Memorial, Corner of LBJ Drive and MLK Drive, San Marcos, Texas
Diann McCabe, Common Experience