HOUSTON [December 7, 2012] – This year’s HCC Black History Scholarship Gala features renowned actor Terrence Howard. The gala is one of Houston’s premier Black History Month events. Houston Community College faculty, staff, students and friends will come together to celebrate African-American culture Saturday, February 23, 6 p.m., at the Hilton Americas – Houston.
Terrence Howard, critically acclaimed Broadway and screen actor, who starred in such movies as “The Best Man,” “Crash,” “Idlewild,” “Red Tails,” “Iron Man,” “Ray” and “Hustle & Flow,” will be the keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers included former Miss America Vanessa Williams, CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien, activist and lecturer Dr. Cornel West, actor James Earl Jones and filmmaker Spike Lee.
The gala raises funds to support scholarships for African-American or students of African heritage at HCC. Last year, 11 HCC students each received a $1,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of tuition and books.
Houston Community College’s Black History Committee is pleased that Houston will hear from Howard who has been nominated several times for his work by the Screen Actors Guild and NAACP. The Chicago native is also an avid participant in national charities such as Clothes Off My Back, Save the Music and Stand Up to Cancer.
A small number of complimentary tickets are available by participating in the Black History Play Trivia contest at www.hccs.edu/blackhistory. Individuals with correct answers to Terrence Howard trivia questions will be added to a drawing for tickets. Winners will be notified February 16, 2013.
A raffle, which includes such prizes as Caribbean vacations and electronics, will also be available for purchase beginning in January 2013.
Please visit www.hccs.edu/blackhistory or call 713.718.5BHC (or 5242) for more information on sponsorship opportunities, gala tickets and contests.
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu.
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