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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

Wakanda Forever — Part 1

March 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Wakanda Forever — Part 1

Ok, let’s begin by acknowledging that Wakanda is a fictional country in Africa. In the Marvel comics universe, it’s home to the superhero Black Panther. But there is still something about it that has recently struck a nerve in the black community. The Black Panther movie debuted in February to positive reviews and by February 25, earned more than $403 million in the US and Canada and $709 million worldwide. Wow. I must admit I’m

Not much has changed

February 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Not much has changed

“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” (Governor Paul) LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.” January

Looking Back in Wonder

February 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Looking Back in Wonder

Looking Back in Wonder How I got over how I got over How I got over how I got over My soul look back and wonder how I got over How I got over how I got over How I got over how I got over My soul look back and wonder how I got over Just as soon as I see Jesus oh yes The man who made me free oh yes oh yes

Celebrating the King

January 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Celebrating the King

Our country now celebrates the life and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades, speeches and recollections from his civil rights peers. However, we should not forget that the path to this national recognition was not an easy one. King’s struggle to secure equality in life may have been overshadowed by his legacy in death. Even though John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the first bill to commemorate King’s life and legacy in 1979,


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