NASA Administrator to deliver keynote speech at 2016 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala

Oct 19, 2015

Houston Community College (HCC) is honored to announce NASA Administrator Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. as the keynote speaker at the 2016 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala. Maj. Gen. Bolden is a distinguished military pilot, astronaut, and the 12th person to hold the top leadership position for the vast space agency. His remarks will center around the scholarship gala’s 2016 theme: No Boundaries, No Limits: The Pursuit of Greatness in an Age of Exploration.

The 2016 Black History Scholarship Gala marks the 10th anniversary of bringing to Houston some of the most important and interesting speakers in the nation. Former keynote speakers include: Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Clarence Page, Film and Stage Actor James Earl Jones, Award-winning Filmmaker Spike Lee, Professor Dr. Cornel West, National Journalist Soledad O’Brien, Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond, Singer/Actress Vanessa Williams, Film and Television Actor Terrence Howard, Civil Rights Activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, and former Houston Oilers Running Back and Sports Analyst Spencer Tillman.

Legendary Houston community leaders will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the gala. A new round of “unstoppable” citizens – individuals who refuse to be deterred from their life’s mission or work - also will be honored. Past and current Black History scholarship recipients will be recognized and celebrated.

Tickets and tables are available now for the event, which is Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Hotel ZaZa in the Houston Museum District. For more information, please visit, or call the HCC Black History Committee at 713.718.5000.

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