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Political Roundup: Gov. and Lt. Gov. Debate Previews

Posted on · Once a month, this fall, up until the November election, we’re discussing the latest developments in some of the major statewide political campaigns. Debates will take place this week in the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. We discuss what’s at stake for the major party candidates with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University, and Jay […]

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Is Houston’s Recycling Program Racist?

Posted on · Texas Southern Professor Robert Bullard argues Houston has a long history of locating landfills and incinerators – and their pollution – in mostly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Now, some worry history could repeat itself, as a result of the One Bin For All recycling program. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear those concerns from Dr. Bullard and then […]

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Book Revives the Work of One of the Earliest Known African-American Female Novelists

Posted on · Lillian B. Jones Horace was a Texas native who wrote the earliest published novel by a black woman from Texas. It was called “Five Generations Hence” a back-to-Africa novel published in 1916. Scholar  Karen Kossie-Chernyshev of Texas Southern University has republished an annotated version of “Five Generations Hence” and expanded on the life of Lillian Jones Horace […]

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The Story of Civil Rights in Houston

Posted on · On this, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember the March on Washington from 50 years ago, and Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in front of more than a quarter million civil rights supporters. The speech, and that march, have become defining moments of the civil rights era. Back in […]