Cecilia Gutierrez Venable

Independent Historian

Cecilia Gutierrez Venable is a PhD student at the University of Texas, El Paso.  She received her M.A. and B. A. in history from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi.  Venable has taught history and worked as an archivist at the university, public library and has worked on setting up two small archives and museums for the Sister of the Holy Spirit and the East Wildlife Foundation.  She has published several articles and books including:  African Americans in Corpus Christi, Arcadia Publishing Feb. 2012, Remembering Corpus Christi, Turner Publishing 2010, and Historic Photos of Corpus Christi Turner Publishing, 2008.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, Texas (1914- )

Holy Cross Catholic Church, the first church for African American Catholics in Corpus Christi, Texas, was organized before the parish obtained a physical building.  Before African Americans in that area had a church, they attended Saint Patrick’s Church, and some joined the Mexican Church, Our Lady of … Read MoreHoly Cross Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, Texas (1914- )

Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft (1902-1985) and the Long Civil Rights Movement in Texas

Portrait by Judith Sedwick from the Women of Courage Series, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1984. Courtesy of the Craft Foundation, Dallas Texas A small but growing number of black women are slowly being recognized for their contributions to the “long” civil rights movement, the nearly … Read MoreJuanita Jewel Shanks Craft (1902-1985) and the Long Civil Rights Movement in Texas

Yvonne Jeffries Johnson (1942- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Yvonne Jeffries Johnson, the first African American mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina, was born on October 26, 1942 in Greensboro to Ruby Jeffries.  She graduated from Dudley High School in 1960 and Bennett College in 1964, with a BA in Psychology.  … Read MoreYvonne Jeffries Johnson (1942- )

Alexis Margaret Herman (1947– )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Alexis Herman, US Secretary of Labor, political activist, civic leader, social worker, and entrepreneur, was born on July 16, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama to politician Alex Herman and educator Gloria Caponis.  Herman graduated from Heart of Mary High School in Mobile … Read MoreAlexis Margaret Herman (1947– )

Tone Johnson Jr. (1944– )

Tone Johnson, medical doctor, Vietnam hero, and civic leader was born on November 9, 1944 to Lyzer (Elizabeth) Marks Johnson and sawmill worker and farmer Henry Johnson in Plain Dealing, Louisiana.  After graduating from Carrie Martin High School in Plain Dealing in 1963, he went … Read MoreTone Johnson Jr. (1944– )

Jarvis Lavonne Scott (1947– )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Jarvis Lavonne Scott, athlete, teacher, and mentor, was born on April 6, 1947 in Waco, Texas to Ivory Scott and Johnie Mae Hester.  Jarvis Scott, the eldest of six children, moved to Los Angeles, California when she was nine years old … Read MoreJarvis Lavonne Scott (1947– )

Benjamin Todd Jealous (1973- )

Image Courtesy of the NAACP Civic leader, activist and journalist Benjamin Jealous is the seventeenth president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). With his appointment to the position in 2008, 35-yar-old Jealous became the youngest person to head the NAACP. … Read MoreBenjamin Todd Jealous (1973- )

Henry Boyd Hall (1899-1974)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Dentist, community leader, and civil rights activist Henry Boyd Hall was born September 12, 1899 in Palestine, Texas, Hall attended Palestine’s Lincoln High School, and later Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College where he graduated as a Doctor of Dental … Read MoreHenry Boyd Hall (1899-1974)