The East Texas Innovation Center in Beckville is hosting 16 virtual Black History Month sessions to engage and educate the greater East Texas community.

Events include topics such as creating your own Black business to talking about Historically Black Colleges and Universities in East Texas. Presenters are from Carthage, Henderson, Beckville, Marshall, Longview and Tyler.

All events are streamed on the Innovation Center’s Facebook page, located at etxinnovation. For more information, please contact the East Texas Innovation Center at (817) 382-8475 or email

The first week of events included “The Importance of Writing Your Own Black History,” with Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards; “Black Educators in Higher Education,” with Dr. Anthony Edwards, Dr. Sherlynn Hall and Kelsel Thompson; “How to Market Yourself as a Black Professional,” with Sameatra Allen Wells; and “Thinking About the Future of East Texas & Giving Back to the East Texas Community,” with Chase Jackson of Anointing Grace Ministries and the George Washington Carver Community Center in Marshall.

Networking events for Black teachers and realtors are planned the week of Feb. 15, along with sessions on starting your own business, healthy cooking, Black history and celebrating Black excellence, while the week of Feb. 22 will feature sessions talking about insurance, HBCUs and moving back to East Texas. The month’s events end on Sunday, Feb. 28 with the “Black History Vision Board Party.”

“Celebrating Black History month via social media will be potent this year of course because of the lingering pandemic, but also it allows the lessons of our culture reach the masses like they never have before,” Pastor A.J. Bowers, one of the month’s guest speakers, said.

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