Academic Historian

Bernadette Pruitt is the 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate and Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her Ph. D. in history comes from the University of Houston, while her undergraduate and master’s degrees are from Texas Southern University. She has authored a number of articles and essays on the Black experience in the United States, including “‘For the Advancement of the Race’: African-American Migration to Houston, Texas, 1914-1940,”in the Journal of Urban History, v. 31, no. 4 (May 205): 435-78. The native of Detroit, Michigan, specializes in Black urban history and is completing her book-length manuscript on the Great Migrations to Houston, Texas.

Joshua Houston (1822-1902)

The trusted slave of legendary Texas independence leader and later governor, Sam Houston, Joshua Houston, after Emancipation, succeeded in business and politics, founded numerous institutions, and became a symbol of racial autonomy and progress. Born a slave in 1822 and later willed to Margaret Lea … Read MoreJoshua Houston (1822-1902)

Clifton Richardson Sr. (1892-1939)

Born in 1892 in post-Reconstruction Marshall, Texas, activist-journalist Clifton Richardson, Sr., founded two newspapers and advanced the “New Negro” philosophy.  The son of former slaves, Richardson studied at Bishop College in Marshall.  Richardson and his wife, Ruby, whom he married in 1909, moved from Marshall … Read MoreClifton Richardson Sr. (1892-1939)