Black History Month - VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA celebrates Black History Month 2022

Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements of Black Americans and reflect on their central role in our shared history. VIA honors Black History Month because we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fostering equitable environments and inclusive practices that celebrate diversity keeps us moving forward, together.

VIA In the Community

We celebrate the contributions of all Black Americans who have made an impact in the community and in our organization. Today, and every day, we thank the VIA team members whose dedication to our mission—to connect our community—goes well beyond their role at VIA. Get to know four inspiring VIA employees and learn about their commitment to serve.

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TREMELL BROWN

VIA Vice President of Safety, Training and System Security
Member of the San Antonio Zulu Association

Tremell Brown began his career at VIA as a bus operator in 1990 and worked to become Vice President of Safety, Training and System Security, a position he’s held for the past six years.
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LOUIS HOWARD

VIA Bus Operator
Youth Boxing Coach

To be a VIA bus operator, one has to be focused and strong. And they have to care about the community we serve. Louis Howard’s life before signing on to be a VIA driver in 2011, prepared him well for the job.
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BONNIE PROSSER ELDER

VIA Senior Vice President Legal/General Counsel
2019 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee

Bonnie Prosser Elder has been a leader in transportation and community service in San Antonio for more than 25 years, serving numerous organizations and multiple boards with a focus on issues of interest to persons of color and other minorities.
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TAMMY SIMS

VIA Bus Operator
President of Amalgamated Transit Union Black Caucus

Tammy Sims says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t serving. The retired airline attendant starting driving a bus at VIA 10 years ago and has used it as a platform to give back to the community.
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Honoring Rosa Parks

On February 17, 2022, VIA partnered with the with the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) to celebrate Black History Month with an event to commemorate Rosa Parks, who would have been 109 this year.

The event was designed to educate, inspire, and engage the community in a conversation about diversity, inclusion, and service.
VIA began the tradition of celebrating Mrs. Parks’ birthday in 2019 and is excited to return to an in-person celebration with a new partner in honoring Parks.

The event was marked by a special performance by actress/storyteller Jean Donatto as Rosa Parks and the Reverend Dr. Lemelle Taylor, Pastor of Butler African Methodist Episcopal Church of San Antonio.

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VIA Cares Service Day (Rescheduled)

VIA Cares, VIA’s employee volunteer program, partnered with the City of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation Department for a service day dedicated to beautification of Fairchild Park in the city’s historic East Side. Due to inclement weather, the VIA Cares Service Day was rescheduled to April.

About Fairchild Park

Fairchild Park in Dignowity Hil is named for Euretta K. Fairchild, a longtime YWCA Director and a founding member of the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce — the only woman on the founding board in 1938.