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Huston-Tillotson president to address campus community

By Valerie Fields Hill
News Editor

Texas Metro News

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Dr. Melva K. Williams, who was named president and chief executive officer of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, will address students, faculty, staff and alumni during the college’s Opening Convocation Thursday.

Dr. Williams became the seventh president in Huston-Tillotson’s history earlier this month after the university’s Board of Trustees conducted a national search.

“Dr. Williams’ reputation as a visionary leader, utilizing creative approaches to advancing higher education through layers of innovative improvements will position Huston-Tillotson University for the economic and technological advances shaping the Central Texas market,” Dr. Carol McDonald, chairwoman of the university’s Board of Trustees, said in a university news release.

Before she was named president, Dr. Williams held several positions within the Southern University System, including assistant vice chancellor and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University Shreveport, La.; vice chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans and chief of staff of the Southern University System.

She began her new duties on Aug. 15.

“I am honored and energized to serve as HT’s second female president,” Dr. Williams said in a university news release. 

“The trust of the Board of Trustees and the H-T Presidential Search Committee is very much appreciated,” she said, adding she looks “forward to advancing an aggressive agenda that will ensure H-T’s continued success.”

Her in-person address begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept.1, in the King-Seabrook Chapel on the university campus. View the livestream on the University’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fEl06v_yk or President’s Opening Convocation

Dallas Mavericks to offer 5 scholarships to HBCU students

The Dallas Mavericks will offer five scholarships to Dallas area college students who attend historically Black universities, the team announced.

The deadline to apply for the $4,4000 scholarships is Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The scholarship program is open to students who reside in Dallas and the surrounding Dallas County cities.

Applicants may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors and must have a 2.5 grade point average or better. Applicants must be enrolled for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 college semesters. All majors may apply.

For more information, click here:

https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/19d6a4e4-c2cb-47dc-8222-3f644245c583

Contractors group to offer marketing training for business owners
FW Movies That Matter Latino Stolen Education

Marketing expert Korey Williams will teach a mini course on marketing techniques to small business owners on Wednesday.

Williams will offer his “Cost Effective Marketing” class at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at 1412 Main St., on the 10th floor, in Dallas.

Williams is owner of Regal Edge and “qrKohde.”

The mini course is part of the regular programming of the United Black Contractors, a Dallas-Fort Worth-based group of construction and engineering contractors. The event is free. Refreshments will be served. Call (682) 224-9600 to reserve.

Huston-Tillotson president to address campus community

Dr. Melva K. Williams, who was named president and chief executive officer of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, will address students, faculty, staff and alumni during the college’s Opening Convocation Thursday.

Dr. Williams became the seventh president in Huston-Tillotson’s history earlier this month after the university’s Board of Trustees conducted a national search.

“Dr. Williams’ reputation as a visionary leader, utilizing creative approaches to advancing higher education through layers of innovative improvements will position Huston-Tillotson University for the economic and technological advances shaping the Central Texas market,” Dr. Carol McDonald, chairwoman of the university’s Board of Trustees, said in a university news release.

Before she was named president, Dr. Williams held several positions within the Southern University System, including assistant vice chancellor and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University Shreveport, La.; vice chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans and chief of staff of the Southern University System.

She began her new duties on Aug. 15.

“I am honored and energized to serve as HT’s second female president,” Dr. Williams said in a university news release. 

“The trust of the Board of Trustees and the H-T Presidential Search Committee is very much appreciated,” she said, adding she looks “forward to advancing an aggressive agenda that will ensure H-T’s continued success.”

Her in-person address begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept.1, in the King-Seabrook Chapel on the university campus. View the livestream on the University’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fEl06v_yk or

President’s Opening Convocation

Fort Worth to host warrant forgiveness event

The Fort Worth Municipal Court will host “Court in the Community,” an event at which those with outstanding tickets or arrest warrants may have their cases viewed, in September.

Anyone who has outstanding citations with the Fort Worth Municipal Court may appear at the event and will not be arrested, a city news release said.

Attendees may resolve outstanding cases and may be eligible for community service or a reduction in fines based on ability to pay.

Court in the Community will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10, at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., in Fort Worth.

To register, call the court during business hours at (817) 392-6700. Read more here:

https://www.fortworthtexas.gov/news/2022/8/court-in-community-sept

Film explores Mexican American students’ challenge to discrimination in Texas schools
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Fort Worth Movies That MatterLatino will screen Stolen Education, a documentary film that follows the challenges and bravery of Mexican American school children who fought discrimination in Texas in the 1950s.

The students’ fight changed the face of education in the Southwest. The film details the story of the young people who testified in a lawsuit during an era when fear and intimidation were used to maintain racial hierarchy and control.

The students won the case, but it was rarely spoken of for nearly 60 years in the farming community where they lived, despite the significance of the victory.

The moment is pivotal in Mexican American history and provides important context for understanding the current educational system in the state, a city news release on the screening said.

Fort Worth Movies That Matter-Latino is a quarterly film series that celebrates diversity within Latino culture.

The screening of Stolen Education begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., at the Artes de la Rosa Fort Worth Cultural Center. The event begins with a reception and concludes with a panel discussion featuring local experts on the matter.

Admission is free. Register here:

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