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.

Recent Posts


November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on 1917

In August 1917, members of the all black Twenty-Fourth infantry stationed at Camp Logan armed themselves and marched toward the city of Houston. Students of history know how the story ended: court-martials, executions and dishonorable discharges. However, little attention is given to how the story began. Texas was, and still is, a southern state. That means the vestiges of slavery and white-supremacy driven race relations are always simmering beneath the surface. In the first decades

Black History of WWI

November 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Black History of WWI

One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson made the fateful decision to enter the U.S. into the Great War. The decision to “defend democracy” changed this country, and the world, forever. Even though the racist epic “Birth of Nation” enjoyed rave reviews, even from the White House, and publicly revived the Ku Klux Klan, blacks across this land saw another opportunity to demonstrate their love for this country. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation brought blacks into the

The Siren’s Song

October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on The Siren’s Song

In what has become a typical occurrence these days, President Trump continues his efforts to undo the accomplishments of his predecessor, President Barack Obama. Here’s today’s history lesson: At the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner in 2011, Obama, in his typical charismatic manner mocked, and some would say humiliated the future President. Watch the many clips of this dinner event. Obama’s reference to the nonsense surrounding his birth certificate left Donald Trump sitting stoically, looking

Big People, Big Moments

June 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Big People, Big Moments

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.” LeBron James May 31, 2017 I’ve never considered myself a die-hard basketball fan. I’ll watch a game or two and I’ll root for

100 days

April 26th, 2017|Comments Off on 100 days

As The Donald completes his first 100 days as Commander-in-Chief, one thing is certain: he plans to erase Barack Obama’s presidency from the American consciousness. Flash back to April 30, 2011. President Obama stepped to the podium at the annual Correspondents’ Dinner and literally embarrassed The Donald. I am not a psychic or soothsayer, but I can imagine The Donald thinking to himself, “I’m gonna getcha!” I believe his path to the White House started