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Documentary Series Aims to Texas’ Stories one Square Mile at a Time

Posted on · There are 268,820 square miles in Texas. One square mile might be populated by thousands. Another might have only a handful of mesquite trees. In either case, a new documentary series aims to tell the stories of those places one square mile at a time – as microcosms of Texas as a whole. Houston Matters’ […]

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Are Thousands of Texas Voters Being Disenfranchised?

Posted on · A report by the Texas Civil Rights Project describes what the organization considers defective and inadequate voter registration procedures at both state and local levels. According to the report, these practices effectively disenfranchise thousands of Texans. There are seven bodies charged with registering people to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have enforcement […]

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Voter Registration, Girl Scouts, & One Square Mile: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 21, 2014

Posted on · A report by the Texas Civil Rights Project describes what the organization considers defective and inadequate voter registration procedures at both state and local levels. According to the report, these practices effectively disenfranchise thousands of Texans. There are seven bodies charged with registering people to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have enforcement […]

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Students Give Own Take on ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech at Annual Competition

Posted on · Each year, elementary students in Houston and Dallas are invited to give their own interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competitions, sponsored by the law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. We hear learn about the competition and hear some of the kids’ […]

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African Americans of Houston – a Pictorial History

Posted on · In his new book, African Americans of Houston, author Ronald Goodwin explores Houston’s black community, past and present. The book presents photographs and descriptions that offer examples of people and places within Houston that made significant contributions to African American culture here. We spoke with Goodwin about the challenges of encapsulating a community and a […]

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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 […]

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What Issues Would Make Houstonians Take to the Streets and March?

Posted on · It’s Martin Luther King Day, a day in which we remember and appreciate the civil rights pioneer, and what he stood for. While Dr. King was already well known in many circles prior to the event, for many, he first came to national prominence in 1963 during the March on Washington, as he delivered his […]

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Civil Rights in Houston, Then and Now: Houston Matters for Monday, January 20, 2014

Posted on · In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Houston Matters will devote much of today’s program to civil rights. We’ll listen back to conversations from this past summer about the civil rights era in Houston. We’ll hear from Reverend William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and Dr. James Douglas, Executive Vice President and […]

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Texans Sign Up for Healthcare, A New Craft Beer Fest & Rhino Hunting: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · More than 118,000 Texans signed up for health insurance through the online marketplaces by the end of 2013; a new craft beer festival is coming to Houston; and in a closed door Dallas auction last weekend a man won a permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino in Namibia: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly […]

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Is Houston an A-List City for Entertainment?

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we take up the notion of Houston as an “A-list” city, in terms of concerts and performing arts, the sports world, and among foodies. As a city “up there” with other major cities in those specific worlds. Do the top performers make a point of touring here? Do we […]