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Women's History Month 2019: Introduction

Guide contains Prairie View A&M University Women's History events, short videos, book list, speaker information and links to databases

Women's History Month---Prairie View A&M University Women's Leadership Council

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) has been in existence at PVAMU throughout the years but it was reestablished by Dr. Thomas-Smith, Dr. Wright, and Dr. Byars in 2007.  The purpose of the WLC is to serve as an advocacy and action body dedicated to developing female students into successful professionals by providing social and cultural development of female students at PV.  We are going to continue with this purpose and expand it to include faculty and staff as well. The new purpose statement for the WLC is to provide social and cultural development of female students, faculty and staff at Prairie View A&M University.   Taken from

For more information please go the PVAMU Women's Council on Leadership and Service,

women's council photo 

Prairie View A&M University Women's Leadership Council

Signature Events

The signature events are annual programs or on-going projects coordinated by the PVAMU Women’s Council. These events create the space for personal and professional development of participants. We provide opportunities for engagement and learning while promoting inclusion and scholarly activities.

Hatitude Tea Party

The Hatitude Tea Party is an elegant affair that offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to wear fancy dresses (pants if preferred) and an elegant hat made by participants (see attached flyer). In years past, the ladies were escorted by guys in bowties in a processional walk made from AI Thomas to the Memorial Student Center.  Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Gonzalez and Ms. Yell will organize the events of the Hatitude Tea Party and the date of the event is TBA.  Hat-making for the tea party is hosted by Mrs. Gonzalez, director of Multicultural Affairs.  Her office is located in 125 May Hall. Multicultural Affairs provide students, faculty, and staff with all of the supplies need to make the hats for the event.

Multicultural Women’s Project

The Multicultural Women’s Project brings together the voices from multicultural women to engage in dialogue and highlight and discuss the intersections of race, gender, and culture in higher education.

Women of PV Historical Project

The Women of PV Historical Project was established by Dr. Lauretta Byars to showcase the contributions made by the women of PV.

Book Review

The Book Review is hosted by Dr. Clarisa Booker during Women’s History month.  The selected book is shared with the Council to encourage group participation and the actual presentation includes students’ interpretations.

Prairie View Women- PV Co-eds All Girl Band (Find more information in the Archives Department)

The Prairie View Co-eds were an all-female band that formed in the 1940s at the historically black Prairie View A&M University. The band formed in response to more and more males being drafted into the armed forces. The Prairie View Co-eds’ success soon spread past the limits of their college campus.  Famous band  performers included Clora Bryant (above).  She was the only female musician to perform with Charlie Parker, at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, California. She subsequently toured with singers Billy Daniels and Billy Williams and Dizzy Gillespie.

PV Co-eds All Girl Band

Art Exhibit--Collaboration with the Houston Museum of African American Culture--Exhibit runs from February to April 15, 2019

An exhibition of works by emerging artists in Houston, Texas curated by Dominic R. Clay. The artists featured are Vernon Akili, Blake Bean, Mack Bishop, Lee Carrier, Lakita Costner, Christie Leday, Romeo Clay Robinson and Farrah Smith. The work on view presents the idea of deference within the African Diaspora from a southern perspective. Each artist work incorporates contextual ideas of identity through their own practicing mediums.


African American Databases

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