100 Years of Houston

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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 7: UH Beginnings (1927-1937)

The need for a college to serve working men and women marked the establishment of Houston Junior College in 1927. By 1934, HJC would become the University of Houston and move to its permanent home southeast of downtown by the end of the decade.

Images courtesy of:

  • University of Houston Library — Special Collections
  • Texas Southern University Library
  • Houston Independent School District — Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School

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Episode 6: Sue Garrison

The University of Houston’s first Women’s Athletic Director (1945 to 1979), Sue Garrison, was far ahead of her time in fighting to elevate women’s athletics programs. Even before Title IX, Garrison fostered nationally recognized Women’s teams. Under her leadership, three UH women volleyball players were on the team that brought the USA its first women’s volleyball medal.

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Episode 5: GI Bill

The impact of World War II, Veterans and the GI Bill of Rights on the new campus of the University of Houston was tremendous. The War caused a major decline in enrollment as students joined the armed services or worked in industry. The leadership of UH worked closely with the US military to support the war effort. Returning veterans created unprecedented growth and change in enrollment and facilities paving the way for UH to become a major university.

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Episode 4: Latina Leaders

On this episode of 100 Years of Houston, we learn how three Latina leaders have left their lasting mark on the University of Houston, the City of Houston, and its vibrant Hispanic Community: Business leader, Yolanda Black Navarro, Organizer, Maria Jimenez, and Political leader, Graciela Guzman Saenz.

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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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