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African American Contributions to Local History

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 5:45 - 8:30 p.m. CT
Location: Virtual: Click Here to Join

Co-hosted by The Center for African American Studies at Central Texas College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, this event will explore the history of the contributions made by African Americans to the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood metropolis.

In addition, our special guests Mr. Horace Grace, and Dr. Michele Carter, will demonstrate how the history of the Central Texas Region embraces the ideal collaboration of Central Texas College and A&M-Central Texas as an efficient pathway from high school to the workforce. Mr. Grace will honor the memory of Mr. Roscoe Harrison and his contributions to local and Black History, specifically, in an overview of Mr. Harrison's legacy.

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Dr. Michele Carter

  • Dr. Carter is currently Central Texas College’s first female Deputy Chancellor, Finance and Administration/CFO, and Chief Diversity Officer. Dedicated to positively impacting students, faculty and staff, and her community. Dr. Carter draws from her beliefs to motivate her. “Strength is for service, not status,” Romans 15:1.
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Mr. Horace Grace

  • A decorated military veteran and a prominent businessman, Horace Grace grew up in East Texas while segregation was common. Grace learned early on what he needed to succeed and has since excelled in education and leadership. Continuing to serve his community, Grace is currently President for Grace Consulting, who provide consulting services to water conservation districts
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Mr. Roscoe Harrison

  • Roscoe Harrison, a Belton native, achieved many amazing feats. To name a few, he was the first African American serving in several different positions, including at KCEN-TV, KTEM Radio, Temple Daily Telegram, and San Antonio Express-News, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his commemorative publication about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s death and funeral.

Program Participants

Dr. Michele Carter Deputy Chancellor, Chief Diversity Officer, Central Texas College

Mr. Horace Grace Central Texas Activist/Advocate/Entrepreneur

Ms. Sandie Johnson Founder and CEO, It's All About You Talent Services/ President, Black Student Union at A&M-Central Texas

Ms. Jaliea V. Jones Psalmist and Musical Minister

Dr. Jerry Jones Dean College of Arts & Sciences



  • Sandie Johnson

    Ms. Sandie Johnson

    • Ms. Sandie Johnson, also known as Ms. Sandie Jae, is the founder and CEO of It's All About You Talent Services, a 501(c)3 organization for youth. This program specializes in mentoring youth one talent at a time. She has spent more than 15 years developing healthy habits to care for and mentor youth. Over those years, she has given back immensely by volunteering for major/minor organizations, churches, and corporations that need intense assistance with teen children— and is also a national book tour organizer and facilitator with ten books for youth in just one year. Ms. Sandie Jae is currently the president of the Black Student Union at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.



  • Jaliea Jones

    Ms. Jaliea V. Jones

    • Ms. Jones has served the Killeen area as a staff member for Killeen Independent School District for over 12 years. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed an early love and appreciation for music through the singing of her Maternal Grandmother and the soulful melodies her family surrounded her with. 

      Ms. Jones graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and was a member of the Pittsburgh All-City Choir. She continued developing her musical identity singing at local clubs and opening for various artists in the Killeen area.  She now shares her musical gifts at the Christian House Of Prayer where she was a member of Rhema Choir and led Praise and Worship, she now serves as a music minster and provides special music in service to the church family. Jaliea loves using her gifts to Bless GOD and His people.



  • Jerry Jones

    Dr. Jerry Jones

    • Dr. Jerry Jones is the founding dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas in 1995. His specialties are military history, diplomacy, and modern European history. He started the Social Sciences Program for the University of Central Texas in 1996. In 1999 he joined Tarleton State University Central Texas and introduced the MA in history at Killeen. In 2001 he was appointed to the Academy of Educator Faculty, part of the Texas A&M University System Regents’ Initiative for Excellence in Educator Preparation. He was recognized as Distinguished Graduate Faculty in 2013. He was the first chair of the department of Humanities at TAMUCT. He is the author of U.S. Battleship Operations in World War I, published by the U.S. Naval Institute in 1998. He has published in the Naval War College Review, and has served as a guest lecturer for the U.S. Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program since 2002. In January 2011 he was featured in a lecture series on American History TV.



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