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The Messenger

University of Houston- Downtown Black Student Assoc.
November/2013 VOL. # 1 ISSUE # 1


Our mission is to articulate the interests and opinions of AfricanAmerican students on the campus the University of Houston-Downtown. BSA promotes projects and events beneficial to the student body, and to provide a voice for African-American students. BSA serves to establish an unshakeable bond between black students, black faculty and the general Houston community to promote the development of educational opportunities and to increase awareness of black culture. The group provides a central forum for the open dialogue of political, spiritual, cultural, economic, social and academic conditions in the black community

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We promote unity within our organization and especially within the world we live, we believe that unity is strength and that great things can be achieved through collaboration.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”

Wait, That Just Happened?
BSA members giving back to the community

General Assembly Meeting October 16th 2013 Guest Speaker: Mr. Leon Spencer TSU Student Body President

*Thanks to everyone who came out.

Endorsement Winners
At Large position #3 - Questionnaire AL3-2 with 75% of the vote belongs to ROLAND CHAVEZ District D - Questionnaire D- 1 with 75% of the vote belongs to GEORGIA PROVOST

Congratulations to the new 2013-2014 Eboard

Tarah Taylor- President Maurie Spooner-Vice President Keesha Dean -Treasurer Lakesha Franklin- Membership Director Nikki Oliver- Secretary Jennipher McGraw- Community Service Director Leroy Adams- Political Director Siara McMahon -Adviser


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome”

Message from the President
I want to express how proud I am of all of you, you are working hard and it’s paying off. We are widely known around campus and as of now we have 46 ACTIVE members. Several of you will have your 30 hours completed soon to qualify for the leadership conference in January. We received a $100 sponsorship for our tshirt. If we can get $300 more dollars we may be able to get shirts for all of you for free. Ask the companies you work for, church or small business if they want to put their logo on our t-shirts for $100 per logo. You can find information on our website.!sponsorus/c14g0 Please let me know when you will be able to help our endorsed candidates. You will receive hours. They need help at the polls. If you have some free time, let me know. MAKE SURE YOU VOTE. If you have problems at the polls please let me know immediately. Regards, Tarah

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The Texas Legislative Program, sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis and administered by the Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace, provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas Legislature, various state agencies, local and federal government, and nonprofit organizations. The deadline for submitting the TLIP Application for the Spring 2014 session is October 31, 2013 Drugs, Blacks, the Prison System, and the New Jim Crow November 19th 3pm We have more blacks in prison, probation, or parole now than we had in slavery! Once these offenders are labeled as felons, they have fewer rights then they had in the times of Jim Crow. To get ready for the conversation, check this video out to get ready for the discussion: cGI

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November 2013

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Interested in joining? All you have to do is join us on OrgSync. Your membership includes Thank You Certificate, BSA T-shirt, graduation stole and much more. We hold meetings every 3rd Wednesday. of the month at 3:00pm
Chaunell Freeney Ashley Lawson