Thursday, March 23, 2023

African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus

Time Session
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. REGISTRATION
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. WELCOME
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. PANEL | Looking Back: Black Houston(s) at the turn of the Century

Alicia Costello | “Learning’s Pleasant Seat": The Birth, Life, and Death of Houston’s Colored Carnegie Library
Dr. Lindsay Gary | Creating The New Red Book
Dr. Bernadette Pruitt | African American Women in the Houston Workforce; African American Women Seek Welfare Assistance: A Dual Determination to Survive Both the Great Depression and Systemic Racism
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. PANEL | Activism Across Black Houston(s)

Jessica L. Bray | To Witness: Cell Phone Cameras and Racial Injustice Accountability
Obinna Dennar | The People’s Party II in Houston: Revolution on the Bayou
Dr. Wesley G. Phelps | Black Voting Rights, Economic Justice, and the Struggle for Democracy in Houston
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. PANEL | The History of African Americans in Sugar Land, and how the Convict Leasing system built Fort Bend County

Debra McGaughey, Vice President, the Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land (S.O.J.E.S.)
Ursela Knox, Board Member, the Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land (S.O.J.E.S.)
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. PRESENTATION | DEI Hack-a-Thon
6 - 7 p.m. PANEL | Black Houstonians and Rice: Two Histories

Dr. Alex Byrd | Sitting with Velma McAfee Williams
Dr. Caleb McDaniel | Searching for Jack Shelton
Moderators Drs. Karen L. Kossie-Chernyshev & Bernadette Pruitt

Friday, March 24, 2023

Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University or Humanities Building, Room 117 (When noted as HUM 117)

Time Session
10 - 11 a.m. CHECK-IN
11 - 11:30 a.m. WELCOME & BOXED LUNCH
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. KEYNOTE | Dr. Jonathan Chism, Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director for the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown
Dr. Melanye Price, Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University and principal investigator for their African American Studies Initiative
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. ROUNDTABLE | Ancestors & Memory

April M. Frazier | My Frame of Reference: A Reflection of Inherent Connection and Progress in Houston
Felicia Johnson, Earthea Nance, Viktor le Givens | Beyond Concrete: Red clay Routes and Roots
2 - 3 p.m. ROUNDTABLE | Rethinking Black Houston(s) [ HUM 117 ]

Zainab Abdali, Hassan Henderson-Lott, Chaney Hill, Taylin Nelson, Megan Oakes | Black Histories Lab
Emily Vinson | This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale: forming and transforming Houston’s Riverside Terrace

PANEL | AI: A Tool for Social & Economic Parity?

Marcus Bowers, Tiffany Sams, Don Williams
3:20 - 4:50 p.m. PANEL | An HBCU Legacy: Art, Archives, and Digital Humanities at Texas Southern’s University Museum

Raymond Burgos, Analisa Esther, Kaylene McCoy-Mosley, Tatyana Neal, Rita Reyes, Ben Schachter, Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw

PANEL | Connecting and Dividing: Houston Highways in Black Neighborhoods [ HUM 117 ]

Josué Alvarenga | Historical Geographical Analysis of Interstate 10’s Effect on Fifth Ward
Ben Baker-Katz | The area formerly known as Freedman’s Town: How freeway development helped destroy Houston’s first Black neighborhood
Hyeyoung Doh | Impact of the Highway System on Black Houston through Housing Prices - The Case of Riverside Terrace and Texas State Highway 288
Matt Drwenski | "A Valuable Tool": Highways, Segregation, and Displacement
Samuel Lee | The Impact of Highway Development on the Historic Black Neighborhood of Independence Heights
Indrani Maitra | For decades, highways have been a deeply entrenched element of the urban physiology of Houston
4:50 - 5 p.m. CLOSING REMARK
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The Black Houston(s) Symposium will be held at The African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus and Rice University's Fondren Library.

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African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus
1300 Victor St.
Houston, TX 77019

Kyle Morrow Room
Fondren Library
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005


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