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What Role Does the NAACP Play in Today’s Conversations About Race?

Since January of 2015, Dr. James Douglas has served as president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. The Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University leads the famed civil rights organization here in Houston at a time when a new generation of civil rights leaders and organizers are […]

Credit: Vicky Charleston, HPM, Creative ServicesSince January of 2015, Dr. James Douglas has served as president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP.

The Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University leads the famed civil rights organization here in Houston at a time when a new generation of civil rights leaders and organizers are gaining attention and seeking to move conversations about race forward in new ways. It’s also a time when the public is politically and culturally divided over what to do about recent incidents of violence and injustice.

In advance of our upcoming Houston Matters town hall (Nov. 15, 2016) on bridging divides and fostering understanding between the black community and law enforcement, we talk with Douglas about that and other issues of importance to African-Americans in Houston — and what role he believes the NAACP can play in moving new conversations about race forward here in Greater Houston.

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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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