Honoring Dunbar: Remembering Brilliance


Angelina College Hosting Tributes As Part of Black History Month

Angelina College will cap off its celebration of Black History Month with a two-night tribute to the Dunbar school system.

Titled “Honoring Dunbar: Remembering Brilliance,” the events take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at the Convention Center on the AC campus.

The events will feature numerous Dunbar alumni and guest speakers, and both events are open to the public.

Friday’s ceremony will include Olivia Adams Wilson serving as the master of ceremonies, with a welcome from AC president Dr. Michael Simon. The Reverend David Avant will offer the invocation, and Tina Webber and Brent Shankle will perform the musical selection.

Guest speakers for Friday include Dr. Daniel Spikes and Winifred Ferguson-Adams, Dean of Health Careers at Angelina College.

Saturday’s schedule includes a pair of Angelina College basketball games at Shands Gymnasium: The Lady Roadrunners host Blinn College at 2 p.m.. and the Roadrunner men host Jacksonville College at 4 p.m. Those are the home finales for both AC teams.

The Dunbar tribute on Saturday will feature Brenda Anderson Tankersley as the MC, with Bishop Oscar Dixon, Sr. offering the invocation. Adrianne Collins and Tina Webber will perform the musical selections, while the guest speakers include Jonathan Kegler and Sellestine Collins-Hunt.

Randy McKelvey, who organized the events, will offer the closing remarks. For further information, contact Daisy Brumley at dbrumley@angelina.edu or Randy McKelvey at rmckelvey@angelina.edu.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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