Houston 8: Freedom Riders
Original Air Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 8:00 pm
American Experience recently aired “Freedom Riders” a documentary exploring how the Freedom Riders set out to challenge the status quo in the south and ended up changing a nation. This week on Houston 8 – we continue the conversation about this event with freedom riders who took part in this movement and ended up making history.
Robert Farrell, Freedom Rider
Herbert Hamilton, Civil Rights Activist
Steve McNichol, Freedom Rider
Houston 8: Jim Crow Laws
Original Air Date: Friday, May 13, 2011, 8:00 pm
The Jim Crow laws in the United States, (enacted between 1876 and 1965), mandated racial segregation in all public facilities, with a supposedly "separate but equal" status for black Americans. The actual result was inferior treatment leading to a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. We take a look back at Jim Crow laws - where they came from, their impact, what led to their demise and how we understand them today.
Alexander Byrd, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, Rice University
Christine LeVeaux-Haley, Ph.D, Political Science Professor, University of Houston
Merline Pitre, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Science, Texas Southern University
Houston 8: Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Original Air Date: Friday, May 6, 2011, 8:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that all would one day truly be equal and his work has continued long after his death. This week on Houston 8, we discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ovide Duncantell, Founder, Black Heritage Society
Tyrone Tillery, Ph.D, Professor/Author, Department of History, University of Houston
Virgil Wood, Ed.D, frmr member, Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Houston 8: Stanley Nelson (Dir: "Freedom Riders")
Original Air Date: Friday, April 29, 2011, 8:00 pm
Through the lens of his camera he has taken on the issues of Religion, Segregation, and Racism. And in doing so, Stanley Nelson has educated us on the way we have evolved as a nation. His newest film, “Freedom Riders”, will air on HoustonPBS on May 16, 2011. He sits down with us on Houston8 for a discussion on Jonestown, Wounded Knee, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Red,White & Blue: Freedom Now
Original Air Date: Friday, April 22, 2011
David Jones and Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) talk with Houston's own legendary civil rights and community leader Reverend William A. Lawson, the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and the official spokesperson for the "Freedom Now" Project; and Dr. D. Z. Cofield, pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church and President of the NAACP Houston Branch.
Reverend William A. Lawson
Dr. D. Z. Cofield
HoustonPBS Presents: A Conversation on RACE I
Original Air Date: June 20, 2008
HoustonPBS presents "A Conversation on Race," moderated by Ernie Manouse and taped in the KUHT studios on the tenth anniversary of the death of James Byrd, Jr. The show's eight panelists engage in a frank and open discussion about how issues of race effect our everyday lives.
Tony Freemantle, Houston Chronicle Metro Editor
Carol Mims Galloway, Secretary, HoustonISD/President, Houston NAACP
Chief Harold Hurtt, Houston Police Department
Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University Sociology Professor
Rev. William A. Lawson, The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity
Dr. Laura Oren, University of Houston Law Center Professor of Law
Judge Josefina Rendón, Mediator
Cherry Steinwender, Center for the Healing of Racism