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Oral History Interview with Stephen Wright, June 29, 2016

Description: Mr. Wright was born in Texas. He went to Texas A & M University where he obtained certification in education. He began his teaching career in Lewisville and became very active in the American Teacher's Federation. He and his family moved to Nacogdoches, where he continued his teaching, union activism, and became politically active. He is currently running for state representative. Mr. Wright spoke in his interview about racial tensions in Nacogdoches, the progress and barriers for union activism in Deep East Texas, and the activism of the Democratic Party in Nacogdoches County.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Wright, Stephen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Lela Simmons, June 30, 2016

Description: Ms. Simmons was born and raised in Lufkin, Texas. She grew up in segregated Lufkin and graduated from Dunbar High School. She then became a nurse at Woodland Heights hospital, married, became a mother, and remained civically active. Ms. Simmons described growing up in segregated Lufkin, her experiences in elementary and high school, discrimination she experienced on the job at the hospital, black businesses in Lufkin, a sit-in at Lufkin's Dairy Queen, and her son's experience integrating at Lufkin High School.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Simmons, Lela
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Royce Garrett, June 15, 2016

Description: Mr. Garrett was born just outside Marshall, Texas in the late 1940s. He went to college at Wiley College in Marshall and participated in a March after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Soon after graduating, Mr. Garrett began his career working in the Lufkin State School. During the interview, Mr. Garrett discussed his life working for the Lufkin State School which housed (voluntary and involuntary) disabled individuals in multiple capacities (40+ years), he discussed his role in trying to provide social services for the Lufkin community as well through various organizations.
Date: June 15, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Garrett, Royce
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Raymond Walker, July 18, 2016

Description: Walker discussed the experience of integrating Texas and Louisiana universities and working as a Black supervisor during the late-1970s. He was also raised Catholic and gave some interesting details about colorism and privileges of Catholicism for some Black people.
Date: July 18, 2016
Creator: Grevious, Danielle; Bobadilla, Eladio & Walker, Raymond
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Tommy Wilkerson, July 19, 2016

Description: Mr. Wilkerson was born in Montgomery, Texas. He attended segregated schools in Montgomery and remained active in the area. In his interview, Mr. Wilkerson described how segregation operated in Montgomery, the state of education for African-American children, his family's history in the area, and his work in volunteering, community outreach, and as a member of the city council.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Wilkerson, Tommy
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Vernice Moore and Hosea Gabriel, July 1, 2016

Description: Vernice Moore discussed her early life in a segregated Port Arthur, her parents' struggles (social and economic), and her fight against segregation. Hosea Gabriel discussed his lifetime of work to end segregation, to bring about social and economic change to his hometown, and to maintain his family's dignity amid severe obstacles.
Date: July 1, 2016
Creator: Grevious, Danielle; Bobadilla, Eladio; Gabriel, Hosea & Moore, Vernice
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Johnny Mata, July 19, 2016

Description: Mr. Mata grew up in Wharton and Houston and, although most of his knowledge was based on his activism in Houston, he was part of cases on the outskirts as a board member of LULAC, an EEOC officer, and while taking part of organizational leadership. He also had some information on cases like Hernandez v. Texas, police-civil coalitions, Black-Brown coalitions, and activism in Houston.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Grevious, Danielle & Mata, Johnny
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Lupe Uresti, July 14, 2016

Description: Lupe Uresti discussed her experiences in a segregated Rosenberg and racially tense schooling, working for her father's business, her public service as a council member and then the first Mexican-American female mayor of Rosenberg, and finally her work for public housing services.
Date: July 14, 2016
Creator: Grevious, Daniell; Bobadilla, Eladio & Uresti, Lupe
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library
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