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

King of Kings

April 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on King of Kings

During his lifetime Martin Luther King consistently paralleled the experiences of the biblical Children of Israel and the experiences of Africans in America. As a result, he thrust himself into the role of Moses. What I find interesting in these parallels was the ultimate goal of the story. The Children of Israel, after 400 years of bondage, eventually made their way to the Promised Land. This was the message that I believe King was ultimately

Wakanda Forever — Part 2

April 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Wakanda Forever — Part 2

The internet records the following regarding the financial success of the Black Panther as of March 25, 2018: Receipts grossed $631.4million in the US and Canada and a worldwide total of $1.239 billion; The film made $370.5million worldwide in its opening weekend (the 15th largest of all time); Thus far, Black Panther is the highest-grossing solo superhero film and the 3rd third highest-grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); and In only five weeks after

Maybe they were right

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Maybe they were right

Historians sometimes disagree as to the motives of the American Revolution and the development of the 1787 Constitution that still guides our broader society. Were the Founding Fathers willing to commit treason to protect their money? Maybe. When they sat down to amend the Articles of Confederation they ended with a new Constitution that presented a sly form of democracy that actually limits full citizen participation in the electoral process. The election of presidents from

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