Groundbreaking George McShan to be honored

HARLINGEN — U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela is holding an event Monday to honor local African Americans, and Harlingen’s own George McShan is one of them.

“Certainly I am honored, first of all and most importantly, as someone who grew up not having equal access to education,” said McShan, 71, a former teacher who served 30 years on the Harlingen School Board.

McShan will be one of 11 African Americans honored Monday at Vela’s Black History Month Celebration at the Oscar Dancy Building in Brownsville. He graduated from a segregated high school in Central Texas and went on to teach science at both the high school and college level in the Valley.

“I was able to focus on what’s positive as far as dreams and making those dreams a reality,” he said. “I knew I could do what I wanted through hard work and the support of others.”

He’s indeed done that.

McShan broke new ground as the first African American to serve on the Texas Association of School Boards and was president of that organization in 1998 – 99. In 2004 he became the second Texan to be elected president of the National School Boards Association.


WHAT: Congressman Vela’s Black History Month Celebration


Oscar Dancy Building

1100 E. Monroe St.


2nd floor

WHEN: Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.


George McShan

James Belt

Jesse Benton

Dr. Twana Cooks-Allen

Donald Hamm

Brian McDonald

Dr. Deloria Nanze-Davis

Dr. Eugene Nunnery

Mittie A. Pullam

Dr. Charles Rurangirwa

Gary West

Sessia Wyche, III