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By Ronald E. Goodwin

Texas is a Southern country, and in lots of methods, Houston is a regular Southern urban. whereas Houston didn't adventure the categories or levels of racial violence present in different Southern towns in the course of the Jim Crow period, black Houstonians still stumbled on themselves frequently relegated to the margins of society. for many years there have been exact Houstons: one white and the opposite black. although, Houston's black neighborhood created companies that flourished and faculties that proficient young ones and constructed a tradition that celebrated the accomplishments in their mom and dad whereas eagerly expecting the accomplishments of destiny generations. photos of the United States: African american citizens of Houston captures the numerous aspects of black Houston. From church buildings to nightclubs; urban parks to urban corridor; and political giants Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, and Sheila Jackson Lee to the riding beats of Archie Bell and the Drells, the Ghetto Boys, and Beyoncé, black Houston is alive with a selection that earlier injustices won't ever hose down the long run possibilities for greatness.

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Her legs knew how to take her down into the little woods at the far end of the pasture where she stirred the corn mash before turning around and skipping through the weeds as if she had never done anything wrong and just wanted to play with her rag doll. He would grow up to play fiddle at barn dances, to feel the flow of notes rising out of the scrape of his bow across the strings. 44 1 Songs in Sepi a a n d Bl ack & W h ite She would move into the dance that took over her ready feet and one night led into his waiting arms.

Don’t worry that the language spoken at home is now verboten. Let the brothers and sisters who don’t want to learn any more stay home. You burn to learn, you are not going to stay home, you are not going to listen to a decision that will stop you. You are going to get there by foot, no matter how long it takes, no matter how early you must leave, how late you will get back home in winter. You can do it, you shall do it. D. 12 1 Songs in Sepi a a n d Bl ack & W h ite You are doing this for yourself, you deserve four more years, you have earned it, why should mere distance hold you back?

You have not yet had the terrible car crash in the night that crippled your knee and led to the wrong blood being given to you in the hospital. You can move ahead on your own. No, no, you are going to do this, you are going to make it all the way. You are going to do whatever you want and know you can do, you are going to read, speak, figure, you are going to move ahead, you are not going to be left behind. You are going to speak with the best of them, even though you have something of a German accent.

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