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Full Show: When A Town Becomes A City, And The Texas Music Festival (June 7, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We reflect on the impact of James Byrd, Jr.’s murder, 20 years later. We learn what it would take for The Woodlands to become a city. We preview the annual Texas Music Festival. And Houston writer Chris Wise has a new book aimed at encouraging everyday people to write about their lives.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: It’s been 20 years since James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death by a group of white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. Byrd’s death prompted the passage of hate crime laws on the state and federal level. We consider the impact of Byrd’s death 20 years later.

Also this hour: Could The Woodlands ever become a city? That’s what the master-planned community is considering. If that happened, would it protect them from annexation by other municipalities like the City of Houston or the City of Conroe? We take a closer look and examine how Houston grew into the city it is today.

Plus, we learn more about the annual Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston. And Houston writer Chris Wise has a new book aimed at encouraging everyday people to write about their lives.

WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.

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