Houston Matters

Nelly Norris: Freed Slave Fights Attempts to Re-Enslave Her

Posted on · In the early 1800s in Texas, the law of the land required any freed slave to carry documentation on them at all times proving their free status. There were some who tried to profit from the law by trying to re-enslave those caught without their paperwork – as if they were unclaimed property. Recently discovered […]

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Racial Quotas in Housing and “Deli Man” Ziggy Gruber: Thursday’s show (February 26, 2015)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

Texas Originals

John Biggers

Posted on · This African-American artist and educator is best known for his murals in Houston. Maya Angelou described Biggers work as historic that "...leads us through his expressions into the discovery of ourselves at our most intimate level."

Texas Originals

Barbara Jordan

Posted on · The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress from the South, the first woman to deliver a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, and the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.