Black History Month Challenge presented by BNSF Railway

In honor of Black History Month, the Dallas Mavericks and BNSF Railway, in association with American Airlines, took five winning students from the 9th annual Black History Month Challenge on the field trip of a lifetime!

From Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5, 2017 the students traveled to Memphis, TN for an educational experience in black history.

This experience featured numerous tours at various museums throughout Memphis, including: the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, the W.C. Handy Home Museum and a Memphis Historical City Sightseeing Tour.

In addition to the educational tours, students also got to enjoy the historical stage play “Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin” at the Hattiloo Theatre.

Black History Month Challenge 2017

In honor of Black History Month, the Dallas Mavericks and BNSF Railway, in association with American Airlines, took five winning students on the field trip of a lifetime!

Congratulations to this year’s Black History Month Challenge winners:

Siphosami D., Plano Senior High School – 11th grade
Ascension B., Harmony School of Business – 8th grade
Tierra R., Skyline High School – 9th grade
Carlynn G., Duncanville High School – 12th grade
Tashauna A., A.W. Spence Middle School – 7th grade

About BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states, and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at