February events celebrate African American History Month and the undeniable value of knowledge

“Knowledge is a garden. If it isn’t cultivated, you can’t harvest it.”

African proverb

By Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

Since February is African American History Month, we encourage you to expand your knowledge. For example, you can learn about Mansu Musa I of Mali the wealthiest person in history or Eleanor Toliver-Williams, the first- African American air traffic controller and a 1957 graduate of Lincoln High. It’s also worth visiting the new Matthew Gaines statue on the Texas A&M campus.

History is our guiding light, and without its knowledge, we’re without direction.  

In celebration of African American History Month, the Lincoln Recreation Center hosts several free educational events:

Financial Literacy (ages 18+)
Tuesday, March 1 • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn about financial literacy, debt management, and how to make better money decisions with Frost Bank. Lunch is provided. Registration is required and ends March 1.

Ujamaa Market Place (all ages)
Saturday, Feb. 5 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy a day of shopping at black-owned businesses and Afrocentric vendors. Shop for homemade goods and unique gifts such as apparel, art, jewelry, food, candles, and much more.

We Are Black History (all ages)
Thursday, Feb. 24 • 4:45-6:45 p.m.

Lincoln Recreation Center youth and local organizations take us on a journey through the history of black excellence. They explore African American inventors, poets, musicians, dancers, and young entrepreneurs and visionaries exhibit their knowledge and creations. Light refreshments are served.

For more information about Lincoln Recreation Center events and programs, visit cstx.gov/LincolnCenter or call us at 979-764-3779.

We must never forget the history of African Americans and their essential role in American history.

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Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor Cheletia Johnson is a College Station native who grew up near the LRC. She has worked with the City of College Station for more than a quarter of a century. Cheletia earned a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M and a master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M.

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