Ron Goodwin Blog

goodwinRon Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military “brat,” he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin’s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston’s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal’s Slave Narratives.

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November 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Worried?

I have a confession. I’m a worrier. But I don’t worry if the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans will make the playoffs, I worry about my family’s health and well being. Right now I’m especially worried about my mother and one of my brothers-in-law. Both are dealing with issues that I pray daily about. And I know I’m not supposed to worry, the Good Book teaches that if the Provider takes care of the

Football is still football

October 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Football is still football

Since we’re into the football season I thought it was time to interject my two cents. I’ve noticed several teams starting black quarterbacks these days. Some because of injury, but others have been under center since training camp. By my count, the first weekend of the National Football League season in September saw nine African Americans as their respective teams’ starting quarterback. That’s pretty good, I believe, given the (Colin) Kaepernick hub-bub a few years

1960s Revisited

October 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 1960s Revisited

Over the last few years our society has spent a great amount of energy reliving and analyzing the 1960s. Every event – from the deaths of the Kennedy brothers, MLK and Malcolm X, landing on the moon, war protests, and the hippie revolution – has been scrutinized through the microscope of history. The interesting thing about history’s microscope, though, is that it often blots out the nasty and the ugly. The concept of revisionism centers

We owe them reverence

September 18th, 2019|Comments Off on We owe them reverence

Given the infinite nature of the Universe, four hundred years is merely a blink of the eye. But the human existence is not infinite. We understand that from the moment we take our first breath out of our mothers’ wombs, our journey begins towards that moment when we take our last breath. So, for us whose existence is finite, we consider four hundred years a mighty long time. We really know very little about those

The beginning of the end: D-Day

August 13th, 2019|Comments Off on The beginning of the end: D-Day

In June 1944, Allied forces began their assault not only on the beaches of Normandy, but on Nazism itself. Dubbed Operation Overlord, the amphibious exercise is legendary as the extraction of France from German control and the beginning of the end of Adolph Hitler’s plans for a thousand year reign of his Aryan master race. The death tolls were staggering on the initial day of the operation. Thousands of Americans gave the greatest sacrifice in