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How the Great Migration of African Americans Shaped Houston

Posted on · (Above: One of many University of Houston student projects related to The Great Migration of African Americans from the South to large cities during the 20th century. Photo Courtesy: University of Houston/Flickr) Students from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University recently collaborated to produce an exhibit on the Great Migration — the historical mass migration […]

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Houston Area Urban League: Solving the Housing Crisis Starts with Solving the Income Crisis

Posted on · The city of Houston is in a housing crisis, according to Tom McCasland, director of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD). He explains why. And then we hear from one of the many nonprofits the city partners with to address this issue – the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL). Next year, the organization turns […]


Houston in Black and White

Posted on · On Monday January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Houston Public Media presented ‘Houston: In Black and White'. This was a groundbreaking new TV 8 documentary exploring perceptions about race relations between Houston's African-American and Anglo community. We encourage you to share your thoughts about this show on Twitter using #HouBW.

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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]


Houston Matters Town Hall: The African-American Community’s Relationship with Law-Enforcement

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we devote an entire hour to exploring the relationship between Greater Houston police and Houston’s black community with a number of guests in front of a live audience at Houston Public Media. We look at how Houston is faring in building relationships and bridging the divide between law enforcement and the African-American community. We consider whether Houston has the same problems as other parts of the country and what steps already exist — or can be taken — to address those divides, particularly in light of nationwide division brought front and center through the 2016 presidential election.