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Black Lives Matter, Transportation, LGBT Rights, and Quilts: Tuesday’s Show (October 27, 2015)

Social activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West will speak at the University of Houston Downtown on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. He’ll discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and race relations in America today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement as Michael Hagerty talks with […]

Social activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West will speak at the University of Houston Downtown on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. He’ll discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and race relations in America today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement as Michael Hagerty talks with Dr. DoVeanna Fulton, Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at UH Downtown.

Also this hour: We talk with Gabe Klein, the former head of Chicago and Washington, D.C.’s transportation departments. He’s in Houston to discuss how large urban areas like Houston can jump-start projects through what he calls “public entrepreneurship.” He writes about it in his book, Start-Up City, which he discusses tonight (10/27/15) at Brazos Bookstore.

Then: San Antonio native Eric Alva was the first Marine injured in the Iraq War, and received a Purple Heart for his service. After his time with the military, he advocated for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and has testified in front of Congress against the policy. He continues to be at the forefront of the gay rights movement. Jim Obergefell was the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which led to legalized marriage equality nationwide. We talk with both men in advance of their appearances tonight (10/27/15) at the first in an ongoing series called Discovery Discussions: Dynamic Conversations with Changemakers, presented by and at Discovery Green downtown.

Plus: We discuss this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston. In a couple days, thousands of quilters and quilting-enthusiasts will descend on the George R. Brown Convention Center for the festival, which will feature more than 1,500 quilts and fabric art with over a thousand vendors from all over the world. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Jena Moreno, the director of Stitched, a 2011 documentary about the annual festival.

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