Black History Month celebration soon


The city of Leander will hold its fourth annual Black History Month program Feb. 17 with special guest speaker Dr. Mark Clanton, MD, MPH and Chief Medical Officer of Accenture Operations. 

Leander Economic Development Manager and event organizer Eric Zeno said the event titled The Crisis in Black Education is the perfect opportunity for the city to come together and recognize Black History Month.

“This is the national theme,” Zeno said. “Clanton said this is a topic near and dear to his heart.”

Zeno hopes that there is a large youth turnout. This year, Tom Glenn High School’s drumline will be performing. 

“I went to the Mayor and city manager four years and told them there wasn’t any sort of recognition for this in Leander,” Zeno said. “They were very on board with the idea and asked me to make a program.”

The program has proven successful. Last year, nearly 200 attended the event, and Zeno hopes the attendance is matched this year. 

“We’ve come a long way in American history,” Zeno said. 

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hill Country Bible Church in Leander. 

A dinner will precede the festivities at 6 p.m., but those interested in dining there must register at Leander Chamber of Commerce’s website

“I’m not just looking to promote African American history, but inclusion of everyone,” he said. “Come out and educate yourself and celebrate African American heritage.” 

Melissa Urrea, MD at Catholic Health Initiatives, will be honored at the ceremony.