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UH African American Studies Program

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 […]

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Dr. Cooley and the Artificial Heart

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 […]

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The Houston Furniture Bank

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 […]

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Gravestones Tell Stories: San Isidro Cemetery

By Marie-Theresa Hernandez Photo by Myra de la Garza, Tree as Protector Long before Sugar Land was an affluent suburb of Houston, it was known as the home of Imperial Sugar. The company produced and imported sugar cane and processed it in a red brick, six-story building that still stands alongside U.S. Highway 90. Imperial Sugar initially […]

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Gandhi’s Legacy

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 […]

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Table of Contents 17.1 Milestones

Milestones Vol. 17, No. 1 (Fall 2019)Download PDF    Letter from the Editor2Afro-Americans for Black Liberation and the Fight for Civil Rights at the University of Houston By Robinson Block7Honoring the UH African American Studies Program’s 50th AnniversaryBy James L. Conyers12The Houston Manned Spacecraft Center: The Right Place with the Right StuffBy Calvin D. Blair19Making a Miracle – The Story […]

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Our Spring Issue Is Here!

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 […]

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Italians Plant Roots in Houston

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 […]

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