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Preserving Communities of Color in Greater Houston

In a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIn a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C. Both the museum and the upcoming workshop address a similar theme: African-American culture in America.

As part of our DiverseCity initiative, we discuss the workshop and many ways that African-American culture manifests itself here in Greater Houston.

We welcome your questions for Tanya Debose, executive director of the Independence Heights Redevelopment Council, Michelle Barnes, co-founder and executive director of the Community Artists' Collective, and Alvia Wardlaw, director and curator of the Texas Southern University Museum, and a professor of art history in TSU’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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