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June 13, 2019

Juneteenth celebrations across Texas 2019

June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. An estimated 250,000 slaves residing in Texas were informed of their freedom. This news came two...
February 25, 2019

Black History Month: Texans making history right now

All February we've been pursuing a project to celebrate African American leaders who are tirelessly working to build a better future in Texas. Our collaborative Black History Month project became a series of portraits of some of the most influential...
February 11, 2019

Black History Month 2019 events across Texas

February is Black History Month, a month recognized as a time to celebrate the strides and achievements black people have made throughout history. In an effort to avoid whitewashing the black experience, we all have a duty to inform ourselves about black...
August 14, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Denounce White Supremacy Rally

Texas lawmakers - led by State Representative Helen Giddings (D- DeSoto) – denounced racism and terrorism in Charlottesville and called on Texas A&M University to block a white supremacist rally planned for September 11.
November 16, 2016

In Defense of Marching

All around the country, probably in your city, people are marching. Right now they are holding these demonstrations to show that many of Americans do not share the values of our President-Elect, but it could be another issue sometime soon. Along with the...
September 28, 2015

The Unfair History of Marijuana Laws on Minorities

The consequences of the war on drugs has impacted Latinos and Blacks at tremendous rates. Blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rates as Whites , yet they are incarcerated at far higher rates. Correcting the imbalanced incarceration rates is one of the...
September 28, 2015

Timeline: Sandra Bland Resources (UPDATED)

Like many of you, we've spent the last few months following the news and updates about Sandra Bland, the 28-year old Texas woman who was needlessly arrested then subsequently found dead in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Sandra Bland's death gained...
June 10, 2015

Let’s Turn McKinney Into an Opportunity

Ed. note: This content was originally posted on the ACLU of Texas blog , and is republished here with permission. On June 5th, McKinney police responded to a complaint regarding unwanted teenagers at a community pool. What ought to have been relegated to...
January 16, 2015

Celebrating Dr. King

Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. with two famous moments: his "I Have a Dream" speech and his letter from the Birmingham jail. The rights Dr. King fought for are rights we still fight for today. Ferguson reminds us that racial injustice still...