A large crowd gathered on Saturday for the Brenham Activist Association’s annual Black History Breakfast.
The event took place at the New Life Church of God Fellowship Hall, and was the organization’s first Black History Breakfast program since the COVID pandemic.
The featured speaker was Patricia Hogan Williams, the founding head and executive director of the Imani School in Houston, one of the largest Christian, private, predominantly African American schools in the nation.
Williams talked about the role that society and a community’s values can play in a child’s education, and how that can positively or negatively affect their perception of themselves. She said it is important for every student to be able to know and appreciate their past.
Williams also discussed how history is heavily influenced by what the “winners” choose to include or omit and stressed the need to tell a “holistic” view of history.
Williams grew up in Brenham and attended Pickard High School. Her honors and recognitions include the National Urban League Women of Power Award, President Biden’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, and several community service and outstanding educator awards.