On March 4, 1960, several students from Texas Southern University held the first sit-in in Houston at a Weingarten’s grocery store lunch counter, which ultimately played a role in ending segregation across the city.
Texas’ first Black ski club is breaking barriers in the Lone Star state and beyond.
By: Karina Hollingsworth It was a sunny, cool day at Clear Lake Park with a light breeze that quickly came and went. The breeze allowed the fishing line to freely float in the peaceful water while awaiting the first bite of the day. “It’s relaxing.” Wanda Franklin said. This is the kind of day Willard […]
One night in August 1973, an artist named DJ Kool Herc set down two vinyl disks, scratching them in a way that sounded unusual at the time. He could not have guessed what impact that one moment would ultimately have on music. Since then, other artists from around the world have pushed the boundaries of […]
Nikole Hannah-Jones entered a room filled with eager reporters and students alike; notebooks titled ‘Center for Journalism and Democracy’ topped tables as attendees acted as witnesses and record keepers to the history being made. This was the beginning of the Democracy Summit in Washington, D.C. In the inaugural opening of The Center for Journalism and […]
By: Isaiah Robinson Houston, TX— Sometimes, a picture without color can tell you a thousand words, but a portrait of a man, woman, or child of color with no color can tell a million. Looking at a photo of four Black children playing on the concrete playground of their urban enclave, one man with […]
By: Karina Hollingsworth Houston, TX— Southwest of Downtown Houston is a close-knit region brimming with African-American heritage. No, the community is not filled with tall statues or mile-long monuments. Instead, the neighborhood has other artifacts like the African American Library at the Gregory School. The library’s building was previously a school for African American children, […]
By Serbino Sandifer-Walker, Texas Southern University Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth said while she feels a great sense of accomplishment being elected the first African American female to the clerk’s office, she wants her success to inspire others to consider running for public office. “It feels amazing, but now that I’ve made history…we must continue […]
By Serbino Sandifer-Walker Texas Southern University Deep in the heart of the Texas town of Rosenberg, there’s a cowboy named Larry Callies who has turned his passion and reverence for Texas history into a life-long mission; a mission to educate the world about Black cowboys through a museum he founded in 2017. Tucked almost unnoticeably […]
By Lydia Dillard, Texas Southern University After spending 18 and ½ years in a Texas prison and 12 of those years on death row for a crime he did not commit, Anthony Graves relentlessly fights for a fair justice system while serving his community and recently starting a position in the Harris County Public Defender’s […]