The Twin City Black History Association (TCBHA) was established in 1992 by Sandra Calloway and Bobbie Milligan Tatum. TCBHA has a rich history of trying to unify Texarkana USA. The basic concept includes activities that highlight both sides of the city in celebrating the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History month. Black History is a crucial part of American history which essentially should be shared with all Americans. TCBHA takes the month of February and showcase the rich history with activities of celebration during our City-Wide Church Service, Black History Parade, Youth Rally and Sandra Calloway Scholarship Banquet annually. TCBHA gives scholarships to graduating seniors who have an interest becoming an educator. Education was a high priority for our founders, Sandra Calloway and Bobbie Milligan Tatum and continues to be of the highest priority by our current Board of Directors. It was also a priority for Dr. King.
TCBHA has expanded our outreach services to include partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in their annual coat drive. Additionally, we will be collecting fans to distribute to the elderly and those with a need for cooling resources. Bi-annually, the organization distributes school supplies to various school throughout Texarkana USA and the surrounding communities. TCBHA also serves as a donor for the Single Parent Scholarship Organization for single mothers desiring to obtain higher education.
TCBHA was a nominee for Leadership Texarkana, Wilbur Award for Exemplary Community Leadership by an Organization in 2018 and the recipient of the 2019 Wilbur Award for Exemplary Community Leadership by an Organization. We want the world to understand the significance of all-American History, which includes Black History.
TCBHA looks forward to giving back to the community and any way possible. To carry out these activities successfully, each member works diligently to make a difference in someone’s life. Many members’ have forty-hour workweeks and never complains about the extra time required to fulfill these duties and responsibilities.
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." – Wilma Rudolph
Upon establishment in 1992, the sole purpose was uniting the cities of Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday and Black History Month. Our mission is to continue unifying and recognizing individuals and organizations who exemplifies leadership and recognizes the importance of black history and education as well as celebrating activities and events for youth and adults. Networking, unification and collaboration of services and activities shows a unified front in the Twin City Metroplex.
To recognize and highlight local individuals and organizations who contribute to the legacy of black history within the surrounding communities and Twin City Metroplex.