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Black History Month exhibit highlights women in politics, athletics and the arts

Photo of TWU's Black History Month exhibit

Photos by Michael Modecki

Stories of African American women and their accomplishments in politics, athletics and the arts are the focus of the “Celebrating African American History” exhibit on display through Feb. 28 in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Texas Woman’s University Denton campus.

The exhibit, located on the first floor of the library, is free and open to the public during the library’s hours of operation, Monday through Sunday. For library hours and directions, visit www.twu.edu/library or call (940) 898-3701.


Photo of Alumni in TWU's Black History

Exhibit posters highlight prominent TWU African American Alumni.

Also included in the display are posters and artifacts featuring the accomplishments of famous TWU African American Alumni curated by the Woman’s Collection at TWU, one of the nation’s largest sources of research material about women.

“The TWU community and the public will be inspired by the achievements and perseverance of our alumni,” said Kimberly Johnson, director of special collections for the TWU Library.

LaMargo Branch shows artifact from personal collection
LaMargo Branch

In addition, the exhibit features African clothing, jewelry and textile fabrics from various African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, courtesy of TWU library staff member LaMargo Branch.

“Each year I share these items from my personal collection, so the university and community can experience for a moment what the African culture is all about,” Branch said.

TWU African American Alumni featured in the exhibit include:

  • Ann Williams, founder and director of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre
  • Eva Poole, chief of staff for the Washington, D.C. Public Libraries
  • Major Gen. Mary Saunders, retired, director of the TWU Leadership Institute, served her country for more than 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, including serving at the Pentagon as the highest-ranking African-American woman in the Air Force
  • Retired Senior Judge Maryellen Hicks, the first African-American and first woman to serve on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth
  • Lola Chriss, worldwide manager of the Texas Instruments occupational health organization 

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