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Ashley Leiva, Author at Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 18-24, 2018

Lerone Bennett dies at 89; historian, journalist, writer chronicled black history Lerone Bennett Jr. Lerone Bennett Jr., who wrote influential books on African-American history and resilience and chronicled key events in the civil rights movement as a journalist and top editor at Ebony magazine, has died at 89 in Chicago. He had

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

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

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 11-17, 2018

John Payton PV football great, John Payton passes Was also first black coach at Beaumont’s Lamar U. Running back, all-time leading rusher and two-time black college All-American John Payton passed away on Saturday Jan. 27 at age 83. A Livingston, Texas native, Payton was a key component on the Panthers 1953 National

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 4-10, 2018

True sons of freedom The experience of African-American soldiers in World War I shaped the struggle for racial justice The 15th Regiment of the New York National Guard became the 369th Infantry Regiment attached to the French Army – and returned home as one of the most decorated U.S. units of World War

TIPHC Newletter, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2018

Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say Site of partially buried remains of the Clotilda alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta near Mobile, Ala. Credit: ( Relying on historical records and accounts from old timers, may have located the long-lost wreck of the Clotilda,

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

TIPHC Newsletter, Jan. 21-27, 2018

This new exhibit shows how Latino and African-American solidarity built a better Austin Members of the Austin Welfare Rights Organization (AWRO) led protests at the Texas State Capitol against proposed cuts to welfare checks. (Published in The Rag Vol. 4 No. 17, March 3, 1970). (Remezcla) Long before East Austin became synonymous

TIPHC Newsletter, Jan. 7-13, 2018

Real black Houston history - Robert Merritt Catchings: The proud legacy of a Houston historian Robert Merritt Catchings and family (Houston Forward Times) Robert Merritt Catchings was one of those individuals who made a mark for himself and his family in Houston. Born July 17, 1882, Robert and the Catchings family settled

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

A monument to SC’s black Confederate soldiers? None fought for the South, experts say Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery (The State) Two South Carolina lawmakers want to erect a monument on the State House grounds to African-Americans who served the state as Confederate soldiers. But records show the state never accepted