On June 3, July 15, and August 5, the Bullock Texas State History Museum will host free virtual lectures on the history of Jim Crow in Texas in conjunction with their summer exhibition, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. Curated by the New York Historical Society, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow takes a national perspective on the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that took place in the fifty years following the Civil War. This summer, the Bullock's monthly lecture series, High Noon Talks, will explore this history from a Texas perspective.
June 3, 2021, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Join author Bill Minutaglio for a talk on his book, A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles, which begins in 1870 with the birth of Texas's modern political framework and chronicles Texas political life against the backdrop of industry, the economy, and race relations. Shaped by dangerous and often violent events, this contemporary history highlights the determined men and women who fought for their particular visions of Texas and helped define the state as a potent force in national affairs.
July 15, 2021, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares was the first book to make an in-depth examination of the cadre of African American lawmakers in Texas after the Civil War. Other books that addressed the subject treated Black legislators en masse and offered little or nothing about their individual histories. Hear from author and scholar Merline Pitre on how she departed from this traditional method and relied upon untapped original materials to tell the stories of these Black lawmakers.
August 5, 2021, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Join historian Tyina Steptoe for a talk on her book, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, which draws on social and cultural history to show how—despite Jim Crow laws—converging migrations introduced new understandings about race. Steptoe uses music to examine these racial complexities, tracing the emergence of Houston's blues and jazz scenes as well as the hybrid forms of these genres that arose when migrants shared social spaces and carved out new communities.
These events are free and open to the public and will be held virtually
This program is made possible in part by a Humanities Texas grant.