My Return to Texas Southern University in Houston
It has been three weeks since I rejoined the faculty at Texas Southern University in Houston as the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. My first stint at TSU was in the 1970s and 1980s. TSU was my first academic job out of graduate school. Houston, and especially Black Houston, was subject of my early environmental justice research and policy work.I wrote two books on Houston: Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust (Texas A&M University Press 1987) and Houston: Growth and Decline of a Sunbelt Boomtown (Temple University Press 1991) and started the research on another, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press 1990), while at TSU.
Environmental Justice Encuentro Comes to Houston
HOUSTON, May 17, 2012 –The Environmental Justice Encuentro opened today in Houston and runs thru Saturday May19. The event is held at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) whose history is intertwined with the quest for racial justice. Given TSU's history and mission as a "special purpose university for urban programming," the BJML School of Public Affairs is embarking on a new initiative to lead the way in research, policy, and community engagement work in the areas of environmental justice, public health, housing, transportation, land-use planning, regional equity, smart growth, sustainability, equitable development, food security, disasters, clean energy, climate, civil rights and human rights—all seen through a racial equity lens.
Black History Month: "Invisible Houston" Revisited Three Decades Later
As part of Black History Month this year, the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University kicks off Invisible Houston Revisited, an initiative that follows up Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust, a book I wrote nearly three decades ago that critically examined the major demographic, social, economic, and political factors that helped make Houston the "golden buckle" of the Sunbelt.
Call for Papers Focuses on Black Houston Over Past Three Decades
The Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) is calling for papers for its Invisible Houston Revisited Three Decades Later: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust Policy Summit and Book Project. The initiative follows up Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust (Texas A&M University Press 1987) that critically examines the state of Houston’s African American population over the past three decades.