100 Years of Houston

The History of Houston encompasses major events with people and organizations that have worked for positive change in our community and abroad. 100 Years of Houston recounts important milestones and shares the personal stories of our city's trailblazers and their local connection. These stories are framed by the themes of Inclusion & Diversity, Innovation and Health.

They are brought to you by “a community of Leaders” who are inspired to share the rich local history and its connections to cornerstone institutions like the University of Houston.

This ongoing series is a unique interactive laboratory that will not only be a learning experience for our audiences, but also for students from the UH Center for Public History, as they explore how to mine historical collections for story telling on a multimedia platform in collaboration with Houston Public Media producers.

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Episode 3: KUHT TV (1947-1957)

Through the visionary leadership of University of Houston President Walter Kemmerer, the University of Houston launched KUHT in May 25, 1953, to provide individuals with easier access to higher education. KUHT TV – Channel 8 was the first public television station to broadcast in the country. It established the foundation for “distance learning.” From its humble beginnings in the E. Cullen building to its modern, multimillion dollar facility on the University of Houston campus, KUHT continues to grow, expand and serve its Southeast Texas audience.

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Episode 2: Afro-Americans for Black Liberation

As the community and the University of Houston (UH) moved toward integration, the Afro-Americans for Black Liberation (AABL) student organization sought to address the persisting inequities facing Black students on campus.AABL and supporters marched on UH President Phillip Hoffman’s office with a list of 10 demands in February of 1969. This protest began the process that made the UH a more diverse, egalitarian place and established the African American Studies Program that is a degree-granting department today.

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Episode 1: Phyllis Randolph Frye, LGBTQ Pioneer (1977 to 1987)

Born Phillip in Texas in 1948, Phyllis Randolph Frye would face many decades of challenges from the conservative norms of the day to outwardly express her inner feminine identity. The fight to live her true life would be a fight for gay and transgender rights that would lead from an Engineering and Army career to Attorney-at-Law and Social Advocate. None of this would have been possible without the love and support of her wife Trish. It also highlights Judge Frye’s contributions to lasting legal principles that began with her time at UH Law Center in the 70s and 80s.

Learn more about Phyllis Randolph Frye, by visiting the original story in Houston History Magazine

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