You are invited to the Brown Bag Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
noon to 1 p.m.
Texana Room, DeGolyer Library
6404 Hyer (formerly Hilltop) Lane & McFarlin Blvd.
Space, Sound, and the Making of a Multiracial City
Summerlee Fellow for the Study of Texas History
In the decades
following World War I, Houston was in the throes of transformation. The
city with a predominantly Anglo and African American population grew
increasingly diverse, especially due to the steady influx of Mexican
Americans and Creoles of color from Louisiana. These groups often moved
near Black neighborhoods, which complicated ideas about race and
community in the segregated city. This presentation explores migration
and demographic change in Houston through the lens of culture. The music
that emanated from ballrooms, blues clubs, high school band rooms, and
church bazaars altered the shape and sound of historically African
American communities like Fifth Ward.
Artists such as
Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Illinois Jacquet, and Rocky Gil &
the Bishops demonstrate how the topic of race in Houston evolved into a
multiracial, multilingual conversation.
Tyina Steptoe is this year's recipient of the Summerlee Fellowship in
Texas History. A native of Houston, she received her PhD from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently an assistant
professor in the department of American Ethnic Studies at the University
of Washington. During her time at the Clements Center, Tyina will
revise her book manuscript for publication.
For more information or if you need special accommodations, contact
Image of Illinois Jacquet performing at the
Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) on July 3, 1967.