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Prairie View A&M University
Black History Month
News Release
Monday, February 09, 2009

Comedian Dick Gregory Headlines Prairie View A&M’s Black History Month Celebration 

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas--Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, kicked off its month-long 2009 Black History Month Celebration, Thurs., Jan. 29 with its Spring Convocation.  This year’s PVAMU Black History Month events center around the theme “Black Empowerment in the Americas: BE THE CHANGE”.
The university will host a colorful array of exhibits, lectures and programs throughout February, which will include comedian Dick Gregory, photography exhibit by photographer and widow of tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, a gospel extravaganzaand a book review with former NFL player Willie Alexander.  
WHO:             Prairie View A&M University
WHAT:           Prairie View A&M University 2009 Black History Month Celebration
WHEN:           Feb. 1-28
WHERE:        Prairie View A&M University campus
                        Various building locations
Prairie View, TX 77446-0519
All events are free and open to the general public. Schedule 
Feb. 1-Mar. 6
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe Photography Exhibit
Exhibit Title: Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Location: 4th Floor Gallery of the John B. Coleman Library
Feb. 3-4
PVAMU 51st Annual Ministers’ Conference
Theme: “Relevant Preaching, Restoration, Reformation and Revitalization”
Location:  Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel & Willie Albert Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center-Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium
Time: 9:30a.m. opening session
Feb. 18 & 26
Book Reflections “Entering the Promised Land,” with Willie Alexander,
Former NFL player and President and Founder of W.J. Alexander & Associates, P.C.
Feb. 18, PVAMU Northwest Campus, Time: 6:00p.m.
Feb. 26, John B. Coleman Library, Room 108, Time: 11:00a.m.
Feb. 26
An Evening with Comedian, Writer and Activist Dick Gregory
Location: Willie Albert Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center-
Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium
Time: 7:00p.m.
For the complete schedule of PVAMU Black History Month 2009 events and programs, please visit
About Prairie View A&M University:
Ranked the only Texas school on Black Enterprise magazine’s 2006 list of “Top 50 Colleges and Universities for African-Americans,” Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas.  With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 41 master’s degrees and four doctoral programs through nine colleges and schools.  A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 51,500 academic degrees have been awarded.  For more information regarding PVAMU, visit

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