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

TIPHC Newsletter, Sept. 15-21, 2019

Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range At the Black Cowboy Museum in a storefront near Houston, one man celebrates the lives of African-Americans in the West’s most iconic role. Photo: Mr. Callies used his life savings to open the museum in 2017. (Credit: Michael Starghill Jr. for The New York Times) (New York Times)

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

TIPHC Newsletter, Sept. 8-14, 2019

Harris County Takes Steps To Face A History Of Racial Lynchings A national movement to commemorate lynching victims could come to the Houston area and recognize four black men who were killed here. Photo: Located at 1115 Congress Street, Quebedeaux Park -- proposed site for lynching markers -- sits right across from the Harris

TIPHC Newsletter, Sep. 1-7, 2019

The Thorny History of Reparations in the United States In the 20th century, the country issued reparations for Japanese American internment, Native land seizures, massacres and police brutality. Will slavery be next? Photo: President Harry S. Truman signing a bill providing for the establishment of the Indian Claims Commission. (Thomas D. Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture

TIPHC Newsletter, Aug. 25-31, 2019

Her Fight for Civil Rights Was Recognized During the March on Washington's Tribute to Women—But She Wasn't Actually There Photo: Gloria Richardson, left, a leader in the Cambridge, Md., integrationist's movement, Dr. Rosa L. Gragg of the National Association of Colored Woman's Clubs and Mrs. Diane Nash Bevel, right, representing the Southern Christian Leadership

TIPHC Newsletter, Aug. 18-24, 2019

The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery. Photo: Children on a Louisiana sugar-cane plantation around 1885. (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library) (The New York Times) Sugar has been linked in the United States to diabetes, obesity and

TIPHC Newsletter, Aug. 11-17, 2019

Essay Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true. Image: Artwork by Adam Pendleton (The New York Times Magazine) In August 1619, just 12 years after the English settled Jamestown, Va., one year before the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock and some 157 years

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.

TIPHC Newsletter, Aug. 4-10, 2019

How Texas Prevented Black Women From Voting Decades After The 19th Amendment Texas ratified the 19th Amendment on June 28, 1919, then shut out black voters by creating the “white primary.” (Image credit: Michelle Lam/Houston Public Media) (Houston Public Media) In 1918, when she was 25 years old, Christia Adair went door-to-door organizing for

TIPHC Newsletter, July 28-Aug. 3, 2019

Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears America’s forgotten migration – the journeys of a million African-Americans from the tobacco South to the cotton South Image: A coffle of slaves being marched from Virginia west into Tennessee, c. 1850. (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia) (Smithsonian) The Slave Trail of Tears

Inclement Weather Closure 9-19-2019

Due to inclement weather, the campus will close today at Noon.