Brazos Valley African American Museum

Brazos Valley African American Museum www.bvaam.org
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday 1:00pm - 5:00 pm; Saturday 10am - 4:00pm; Closed Sunday and Monday

Party with a purpose.
04/18/2019

Party with a purpose.

Come have some fun and support your community at the 2nd annual Luau. Give ways, food, and fun all wrapped up in one. All proceeds go to scholarships. Tables available.

We're happy to have Mildred as our board member. Her good works in the community are appreciated. Congratulations on the...
04/16/2019
Jefferson Awards 2019: Mildred Davis

We're happy to have Mildred as our board member. Her good works in the community are appreciated. Congratulations on the honor.

Mildred Davis volunteers with nearly a dozen local non-profits, including The Salvation Army and the Grandview Cemetery Association.

To Freedom: Voices of the Formerly Enslaved
04/16/2019
To Freedom: Voices of the Formerly Enslaved

To Freedom: Voices of the Formerly Enslaved

History To Freedom: Voices of the Formerly Enslaved Albumen print of enslaved women and their children near Alexandria, Virginia, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. On December 6, 1865, the U.S. government abolished slavery by amending the Constitu...

You have to see these art pieces in person, beautifully done. "Emotions" on display until May 31st.
04/15/2019

You have to see these art pieces in person, beautifully done. "Emotions" on display until May 31st.

Thanks for sharing Celina Vasquez for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4!
04/15/2019

Thanks for sharing Celina Vasquez for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4!

Today I had the pleasure to stop by and wish a happy birthday to our community treasure Mr. Wille Pruitt! We held a community celebration for his 90 years young at the Brazos Valley African American Museum!

United States Colored Troops During the Civil War
04/12/2019
United States Colored Troops During the Civil War

United States Colored Troops During the Civil War

This miniature album exhibits the uneasy yet special bonds between black soldiers and white officers in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War.

What's your favorite Nat King Cole song? "When I fall in love" has to be in our top 3. Happy Birthday Nat King Cole!
04/12/2019
Celebrating Nat King Cole's 100th Birthday

What's your favorite Nat King Cole song? "When I fall in love" has to be in our top 3. Happy Birthday Nat King Cole!

Nat King Cole was a musical trailblazer, activist and undeniably unique. On March 16, 2019, we will celebrate the centennial birthday of this African American icon. Discover six facts about the icon that you may not have known.

04/10/2019

The 2019 Texas A&M Black Excellence Awards Gala will take place this Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 7PM in the Room 2229A/B in the Rec. hosted by the Texas A&M Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Dinner will be served at 7PM with doors opening at 6:30PM. The attire for the event is formal so come dressed in your finest outfits for a night of elegance, community engagement, good times, and celebrating Black excellence on Texas A&M's campus in the spirit of celebrating diversity and inclusion. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $8.

Tickets will also be sold at the door the same day as the event for $10. TAMU NAACP

What a wonderful day to tour! Please contact us, if you would like to schedule a tour!
04/05/2019

What a wonderful day to tour! Please contact us, if you would like to schedule a tour!

Raising awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder on World Autism Day Autism Speaks​ #WorldAutismAwarenessD...
04/02/2019
Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism

Raising awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder on World Autism Day Autism Speaks​ #WorldAutismAwarenessDay #LightItUpBlue

Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

It's always a good time!
03/29/2019

It's always a good time!

Official List of Events

Award-winning Filmmaker Tells the Stories of Black Businesses Through a Historic Lens
03/27/2019
Award-winning Filmmaker Tells the Stories of Black Businesses Through a Historic Lens

Award-winning Filmmaker Tells the Stories of Black Businesses Through a Historic Lens

Stanley Nelson’s new documentary, 'Boss: The Black Experience in Business,' chronicles the plight of black entrepreneurs since the end of slavery.
The post Award-winning Filmmaker Tells the Stories of Black Businesses Through a Historic Lens appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Looking for a perfect Wednesday event? BVAAM will host a community event with Dr. Ruth Carbonette Yow, author of 'Studen...
03/26/2019

Looking for a perfect Wednesday event? BVAAM will host a community event with Dr. Ruth Carbonette Yow, author of 'Students of the Dream, Resegregation in a Southern City,' March 27, 6:30pm. The Eagle KBTX Media City of Bryan - Government KAGS TV The Arts Council of Brazos Valley The Battalion City of College Station - Government Texas A&M Liberal Arts MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas Experience Bryan College Station

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
03/08/2019

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

This #InternationalWomensDay, we remember Johnnie Tillmon (1926-1995), welfare and human rights activist.

Tillmon made this statement in a 1972 issue of Ms. Magazine, titled “Welfare is a Women's Issue.” Tillmon was a welfare activist who fought to empower financially disadvantaged women. Tillmon had earlier experience as a labor organizer, however it was when she became ill in 1963 and went on welfare to support her family, that she learned of the devastating truth of the welfare system. Tillmon created the Aid to Needy Children Mothers Anonymous (ANC), and later merged with the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) to push for welfare policy reform. Tillmon eventually became executive director of NWRO and a prominent voice of the Welfare Rights Movement, largely made up of poor black women. She played a significant role in shaping the Welfare Rights Movement as a struggle for economic reform and women’s equality. #HiddenHerstory

Celebrating the achievements of Mell Pruitt on #InternationalWomensDay. The museum was the brainchild of retired educato...
03/08/2019

Celebrating the achievements of Mell Pruitt on #InternationalWomensDay. The museum was the brainchild of retired educator, Mrs. Mell Pruitt and became officially recognized and functioning in 1999. The museum is the first establishment of its kind to promote the history of African American citizens in the Brazos Valley. The museum opened its doors to the public on July 22, 2006. Mell Pruitt was a teacher at Kemp High School before becoming a counselor for three of Bryan's elementary schools. Her dedication to education and children was the driving force behind much of her community service work.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
03/06/2019

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Housewives’ League of Detroit was organized in 1930, and over the next thirty years strived to maintain wealth within the black community.

The League was a response to the economic despair caused by the Great Depression. Fannie Peck called the first meeting of fifty housewives. By 1935, membership in Detroit increased to ten thousand. Members of the league recognized their position to strategically uplift their communities social and economic status, as caretakers of their homes. Requirements for league membership included a pledge to support black-businesses, buy black products, and to support black professionals within the community. League members were offered educational seminars on their purchasing power, budgeting, and tips for home management. Their motto became, “Find a job, or Make one and make your dollar do Triple duty.” The success of the Detroit League made it the model for the establishment of the National Housewives’ League of America in 1933. Peck served as the first president. #HiddenHerstory #WomensHistoryMonth

Photo: Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

03/06/2019
Texas A&M College of Architecture

Celebrate Black History & Women's History by visiting the "She Matters" art exhibit at the Wright Gallery Texas A&M College of Architecture March 6th - April 26th.

“She Matters,” a multimedia exhibit showcasing female artists of color addressing violence, discrimination, prejudice and additional social issues that face women today opens tomorrow and runs March 6 – April 26, 2019 at the Wright Gallery.

Select exhibit artists will explain their work in a walkthrough reception and informal talk 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the gallery.

On this last day of Black History month, a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen. But remember, you can experience Black history...
02/28/2019

On this last day of Black History month, a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen. But remember, you can experience Black history 365 by visiting our museum. #BHM #WeCelebrateAllYear

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday honors the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, who were formed in 1941 as a result of racial exclusion from flight training. As the first corps of black military aviators, they would bear the burden of proving that African Americans possessed the skills to fly modern warplanes and to serve their country. Here Tuskegee cadets are seen preparing for a flight. This photo was featured in our 2011 exhibition, “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight.” #BlackHistoryMonth Photo Courtesy: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

We wish to thank our sponsors whose generous support helped make the BVAAM's 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet possible.
02/27/2019

We wish to thank our sponsors whose generous support helped make the BVAAM's 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet possible.

You have one more day to visit the museum for free. Thanks Gisselle Warren and The Battalion for the article.
02/27/2019
Preserving black history in Bryan

You have one more day to visit the museum for free. Thanks Gisselle Warren and The Battalion for the article.

During Black History month and all year long, the Brazos Valley African American Museum preserves an often-overlooked history.

We are thankful for all the community support for our appreciation banquet. Thank you all for supporting the arts and th...
02/24/2019
Speeches, music mark Brazos Valley African American Museum's annual banquet

We are thankful for all the community support for our appreciation banquet. Thank you all for supporting the arts and the museum!

The Brazos Valley African American Museum annual banquet Friday night inside the College Station Hilton was an upbeat gathering that included live music, a collective rendition of Lift Every Voice

02/23/2019

Enjoying our banquet on last night. Thanks for the community support!

Thank you for attending  Ment Marketing & Creative Services!
02/23/2019

Thank you for attending Ment Marketing & Creative Services!

Met many new friends and potential partners tonight at the Brazos Valley African American Museum Banquet!

Congratulations Judge Celina Vasquez for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 for joining the musem honoree class of 2019! Thank...
02/23/2019

Congratulations Judge Celina Vasquez for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 for joining the musem honoree class of 2019! Thanks for recommending Judge Jackson as our speaker.

Thank you Judge Maria Jackson for being our keynote speaker! Black girl magic is real! Your message inspired us and helped us raise money to continue to support the mission of the Brazos Valley African American Museum!

02/23/2019
Expecting a great event tonight with 13 I honorees and 750 guests & supporters. @thebcseagle @kbtxnews @kagstv @arts_cou...
02/22/2019

Expecting a great event tonight with 13 I honorees and 750 guests & supporters. @thebcseagle @kbtxnews @kagstv @arts_council @cityofbryan @atmosenergy @wells.fargo.bank @nutraboltlife @tamusports @tamu

We wish to thank our sponsors whose generous support helped make the BVAAM's 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet possible.
02/20/2019

We wish to thank our sponsors whose generous support helped make the BVAAM's 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet possible.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
02/19/2019

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

In the 1830s the first African Americans came to the Oklahoma Territory with Native Americans along the Trail of Tears. Some were enslaved, and some were free. After Emancipation, they settled throughout the territory and founded several all-black towns. In 1890 the Oklahoma Immigration Association began to send agents throughout the South recruiting African Americans to relocate to the territory. The agents highlighted the opportunities in Oklahoma, and their efforts helped to create many all-black towns, such as Guthrie and Langston, as well as bustling African American communities in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Muskogee. Black Tulsans formed their own community along Greenwood and Archer streets, and it quickly grew to be a thriving district known as “Black Wall Street.”

In May of 1921, the imprisonment of Dick Rowland, a black man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman, sparked the Tulsa massacre. A lynch mob gathered to hang Rowland; black Tulsans hurried to the courthouse to protect him. From May 31 to June 1 white mobs ransacked, razed, and burned over 1,000 homes, businesses, and churches in Greenwood, and murdered scores of African Americans. Dozens of black-owned businesses were rebuilt in Greenwood within a year of the riot, and hundreds more followed over the next three decades. This rapid rebuilding illustrates the energy and resiliency of the community. But the riot’s repercussions—and questions of race, memory, and repair—continue to resonate in Tulsa and across the nation. #APeoplesJourney

3 days and counting!
02/19/2019

3 days and counting!

Agreement possible concerning 95 remains in Sugar Land
02/13/2019
Agreement possible concerning 95 remains in Sugar Land

Agreement possible concerning 95 remains in Sugar Land

RICHMOND—Applause rang through the courthouse Tuesday as Fort Bend commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to negotiate an agreement with the Fort Bend Independent School District that could lead to a memorial and cemetery honoring 95 African-American remains. “I believe...

The community has responded and we have over 700 guests planning to attend our 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet. Don't h...
02/11/2019
18th Annual Appreciation Banquet

The community has responded and we have over 700 guests planning to attend our 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet. Don't have your ticket yet? Contact [email protected] or purchase your tickets on Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-appreciation-banquet-tickets-53775695553

Join The African American National Heritage Society (dba) Brazos Valley African American Museum as we honor and publicly recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our community, state or country. The 18th Annual Appreciation Banquet includes dinner, entertainment, and silent a...

The Houston Black Pages - African American Business Directory
02/09/2019

The Houston Black Pages - African American Business Directory

Black History Month - Houston

In 1960, TSU students quietly sat at a lunch counter to protest segregation.

Houston marked the site at 4110 Almeda, now a post office, with a historical marker as the first sit-in.

**March to Weingarten's**
Led by a student named Eldrewey Stearns, a group of TSU students decided to protest at the Weingarten's about a mile from campus. They were going to demand service at the lunch counter.

The planning took a couple of weeks, and on March 4, 1960, 13 students gathered at a campus flagpole and made the 1-mile walk to the Weingarten's.

Halcyon Sadberry Watkins, then 20 years old, remembers sitting down at the Weingarten's counter and staring at the wall. One white man looked at her and said, “I'll be damned.” He extinguished his cigarette in some coffee.

Other patrons insulted the protesters, but the group still stayed strong.

The successful sit-in was the catalyst for more protests throughout Houston. By the end of the year, Houston businesses were largely desegregated.

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Bryan, TX
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Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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