News From Harlingen, Texas
Harlingen City Commission Observes Black History Month
02/21/2019

Harlingen, Texas–Black History Month is observed annually in February to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality.

 

The celebration began in February 1926 by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History today known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month and encouraged the public to “Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

 

Mayor Chris Boswell citing it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the many contributions of African Americans throughout the country proclaimed February 2019 as Black History Month in Harlingen and encouraged all residents to unite in celebrating Back History Month.

 

The Mayor also recognized Dr. Deloria Nance Davis for her contributions to the community.  Nance Davis who earned a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in math dedicated 34 years to education.  While chair of the Mathematics Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley she led the nation for several years in graduating more Hispanics with degrees in math than any other university in the United States.  Today she is retired from UTRGV but she continues to serve the Harlingen community by tutoring and mentoring children at the Student Learning Center and she participates in several City boards as well.  Dr. Nance Davis thanked the Mayor and Commissioners for the recognition saying her family has always been about service– something she learned from her mom.

 

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