2017 Programs


Artist Talk: Featuring Danny Simmons

January 14, 2017

We welcome poet, social activist, author, artist, philanthropist and art enthusiast Danny Simmons for an engaging artist talk and book signing.

In addition to a conversation about his art, collection and his inspirations, he will be reading excerpts from his latest book and signing copies.


TSU Great Debate

February 18, 2017

Did Obama's Presidency Improve the Lives of African Americans? The Texas Southern University Debate Team will debate this question at HMAAC! Please plan to join us for our annual great debate Saturday, February 18th at 2pm as the TSU debate team men and women compete in an exciting battle of the sexes! 


TCAALH Presents: Texas African American Black History

February and May 2017

HMAAC is working with our Community Partner, Texas Center for African American living history to offer a Texas African American history course. This evening we will continue the program, exploring our contributions and value in an effort to renew a level of value in ourselves, our communities, and our contributions. 

Women Talking Business

March 18, 2017

Join us for Women Talking Business! As a continuation of our Women's History Month Programming, we are proud to host these long time and successful business owners at HMAAC to discuss their careers and keys to business success; while addressing challenges for women in the workplace. 

In continutation of our Women's History Month programming and in celebration of our newest exhibition,HMAAC presents a Staged Reading of the choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. This event is brought to you in collaboration with HSPVA's Theatre Department.

'For Colored Girls' staged reading featuring HSPVA's Theatre Dept.

March 23, 2017

I found god in myself :Urban Souls Dance Performance

March 31, 2017

Join our community partners, Urban Souls Dance Company, for a riveting dance performance celebrating our current exhibition, 'i found god in myself, a celebration of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls'. This performance will be at the University of Houston-Clear Lake's Bayou Theater. 

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture - from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life's random adventures.

Join HMAAC at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center, as we welcome Luvvie as the keynote speaker for our Spring Lecture Series. We'll have copies of her bestselling book at the museum to be signed. Save 10 dollars by purchasing your ticket online instead of at the door. We'll see you at 2pm!

HMAAC Spring Lecture Series Feat Luvvie Ajayi

April 22, 2017

 Leslie Wayne's colorful cloth rags will be on display, showing an African influence in the pieces. The paintings are made of layers of oil paint, allowing each piece to uniquely settle in various forms, with a varied approach to color, texture and design. Learn her process and inspirations behind the pieces on display.

Artist Talk featuring Leslie Wayne

April 29, 2017

We partnered with The Roundtable Convo to have a robust discussion on Gentrification as it seems to be an arguably perilous practice that is impacting many communities in the Greater Houston Area and around the Nation.  This is a panel discussion will be led by Erwin Nichols, II., Marlon Wilson, Kim Dixon-Dudley, Christopher Senagal and Kalinda Campbell, real estate professionals and community leaders. 

The Roundtable Convo Presents:

To Gentrify or Not to Gentrify?

June 15, 2017

The program begins at 5 p.m. with the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Holocaust Museum Houston's sixth Walk to Freedom commemorating the ex-slave journey from Galveston to Houston. Walkers will gather at HMAAC for a 20-minute program featuring Robert Hodge and Tierney Malone's Juneteenth music vinyl Two and a Half Cents. The Walk proceeds down Caroline St. to Holocaust Museum Houston and then on to Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Onstage at Miller at 7 p.m., there will be a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, testimony from a Holocaust survivor and music from The Ensemble Theatre's regional premiere production "Simply Simone," about the life of jazz superstar, 20th century musical powerhouse and civil rights activist, Nina Simone.

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth:

Featuring a walk to freedom

June 19, 2017

Houston Museum of African American Culture and Nigerian-American Multicultural Council presents "Africa on My Mind", a unique fashion experience, highlighting the essence of African culture and showcasing African and African inspired fashion houses through a fashion show and shopping experience.

Africa on My Mind: Fashion Show

June 23, 2017

Grabbed them by the votes

August 17, 2017

Join HMAAC in a discussion of this phenomenon from the past election, as we unpack its meaning for our electorate, women in general and its illustration of the racial divide in our country and among women.

Panel Partipants:

Kristin Anderson, Psychology Professor, University of Houston Downtown

Bob Stein, Political Science Professor, Rice University

Carla Brailey, Sociology Professor, Texas Southern University

During the anniversary weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic and timeless "I HAVE A DREAM" speech, the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) presents the Houston premiere of Lois Moses’ “Say That He More Than A Dream.” This gripping multifaceted drama honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the sacrifices he made during the last years of his courageous life. HMAAC brings you the Philadelphia-based First World Theatre Ensemble production of this provocative piece that moves beyond the "mountaintop."

Say that he had more than a dream

August 25-27, 2017

Artist Talk featuring                        Artist Faith Ringgold, Writer Michelle Wallace, and Gallerist Dorian Bergen

Faith Ringgold

October 21, 2017

National Philanthropy Day               Community Meeting for the release of HMAAC White Paper on Racial Disparities                                                                 in Houston Cultural Funding (with Michelle Barnes, Harrison Guy, and Naomi Carrier)

 November 15, 2017                          


The Telling and the Told                  Artist talk featuring David McGee and curator Benito Huerta

December 9, 2017

HMAAC Fellow                              HMAAC Fellow Nicole Fuller, PH.d Candidate in Business at Texas A&M present an

December 14, 2017                         introductory talk about her study of Houston Black Businesses that are located in the

                                                        Black community.