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Oral History Interview with Perri McCary, July 28, 2016

Description: Perri "P.K." McCary was born in 1953 in Texarkana. She grew-up in a ethnically diverse community in Alamo Garden, New Mexico and later lived near Prairie View A&M University when her father obtained a teaching position in the Industrial Education Department. McCary's parents gave her the tools to resist discrimination by exhibiting a strong sense of self and for confronting racist acts in front of her. She would opt to attend Jack Yates High School when her family moved to Houston because of the poor treatment of African-American students at the predominately white Madison High School. By 1970, McCary was attending the University of Houston and becoming involved in student activism. She would later engage in peace work and adapting religious texts with Black urban language to appeal to youth. She talks about instances of racism growing up, how her early experiences with diversity shaped the ways in which she engaged in cross-racial collaborations in her adult life, how Deloyed Parker and Ester King mentored her at UH, police brutality, and her family's association with the political movements of the 1960s and 1970s. She also discusses SHAPE Community Center and the Elders Institute of Wisdom, when she wrote a newspaper column that surveys books written by and for African Americans, her frustration with the persistence of white supremacy, what peace work looks like, and the responses she received to her Black Bible Chronicles text.
Date: July 28, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & McCary, Perri
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Raphael Montgomery on July 26, 2018.

Description: Raphael Montgomery was born in 1973 in Baytown. He came of age in the African-American Cedar Bayou neighborhood where there was a vibrant African-American business community and residents created a village setting. His parents raised him with the idea that he had to work harder and smarter due to racial discrimination. After graduating from Ross S. Sterling High School, Montgomery attended Prairie View A&M briefly before enrolling at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Fisk University, he gained a deeper awareness of the Civil Rights Movement and African-American history that he did not receive in public school. The knowledge he gleaned from African-American texts and African-American Studies courses instilled a sense of pride and the ability to perservere. During these college years, Montgomery received the call to become a minister and to later return to Baytown to preach at his childhood church, Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He talks about racial profiling by the police, growing up in the church and his father's role as a preacher, the benefits of attending a HBCU, and his position as a special education teacher for Goose Creek Independent School District. He also describes his unity and inclusion work in Baytown through his church and particularly addressing sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and racism. Montgomery also speaks about the community programming through the church and how he is dedicated to creating spaces for the community and police to have open conversations in the wake of mass protest and police killings of unarmed civilians.
Date: July 26, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra & Montgomery, Raphael
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library