Debbie Z. Harwell, Editor We all have milestone moments that mark our personal history – perhaps a wedding, the birth of a child, a career achievement, or, sadly, the loss of a loved one. We also recall historic events that impact our culture. Thinking back to the 1960s, I remember my dad taking me to […]
By Robinson Block A group of racially diverse students marched to President Hoffman’s office on March 7, 1969. The banner rads “Fight Racism – Support the Black Demands.” Photo Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. The University of Houston (UH) is celebrated today as one of the most diverse research institutions in the […]
By James L. Conyers, Jr. African American Studies (AAS) at the University of Houston is an academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. In both theory and praxis, AAS is inclusive of the African experience from a global Pan Africanist perspective. Yet, interpretive analysis is the anchor, which dispenses the use […]
Remembering the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we delve deeper into why and how Houston became the center for the first manned mission to the moon.
By Kenan Nerad Denton Cooley was born on August 22, 1920, at Houston’s Memorial Baptist Hospital. The son of a prominent Houston dentist and grandson to one of the founders of the Heights, Denton Cooley spent his childhood in a Montrose home off West Alabama Street. He attended local public schools throughout his early education […]
The Houston Furniture Bank, moved to its current location , at 8220 Mosley Road in 2015, all photos courtesy of Houston Furniture Bank unless otherwise noted. Imagine how it feels to be without a bed, a table and chairs, or a dresser and a couch. “It is estimated that three hundred thousand children sleep on […]
By Manuel Martinez Alvarenga Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Hermann Park. Courtesy of Author. If you find yourself in the heart of Houston, chances are you have driven by Hermann Park, a green and interactive park with a large recreation area for picnics, casual strolls, and sightseeing nestled within an arm’s reach of the Texas Medical […]
In conversation and in historical research “place” takes on a variety of meanings. It can represent a physical location, a space within the community, a position in society, or our diverse identities. Exploring Houston history is more than just looking at our location; we consider all the things that make up our environment, from the […]
Houston, Texas is widely regarded as a city built by immigrants, one whose population is racing towards becoming the most diverse in the nation. People most commonly think of Houston’s immigrant population as coming from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East in the present day or from Germany in past generations. But if we […]
Highlighting the service and economic contributions of Houston’s African American community, the De-Ro-Loc Carnival was a direct response to Houston’s No-Tsu-Oh, which excluded African Americans from participation.