It's Not Just History...It's Houston's Black History!
I AM BLACK HISTORY Student Field Trip: Saturday, February 18, 2017
In a place now known as Fourth Ward lies Houston’s oldest Black community, called Freedmen’s Town. Our ancestors, who migrated to Houston after learning about Emancipation Proclamation, named this town and created a space where Black businesses, churches, and homes could thrive. Although strategic preservation efforts have taken place to keep Freedmen’s Town, the lack of knowledge about the history behind this area is a large part of the reason we are losing so much of it. The Buddies, Books & Brunch Team is committed to passing down the knowledge of the history of African Americans in Houston, TX and helping students build a stronger sense of self-awareness that connects to a proud and thriving ancestry. During this field trip, students ages 14-18 will experience a tour of Houston that includes: team building exercises, learning through oral presentations, visiting museums and exhibits, engaging with Black professionals and entrepreneurs, and building awareness about the connection between Black churches and Black livelihood.
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2017 Guest Speakers
Attorney; Corporate Manager; University Professor; Executive Director, Houston Habitat; National Bar President & Community Developer
Native Houstonian, Algenita Scott Davis grew up in Houston's Fifth Ward and graduated from its historic Phillis Wheatley High School in 1967. After earning her undergraduate degree in accounting, Ms. Davis earned her JD from Howard University Law School. Her professional experiences include working as a tax attorney for Shell Oil Company and general counsel for the Port of Houston Authority. Ms. Davis also worked for JPMorgan Chase & Company as Senior Vice President and Community Affairs Officer.
During her time with JP Morgan Chase, Ms. Davis utilized her extensive legal experience and knowledge of regulatory requirements to create partnerships with banks, government entities, for and non-profit developers that ultimately resulted in revitalization and affordable housing liaisons.
She has been a full-time professor at Texas Southern University and is currently Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity where she has helped provide homes for over 900 families. She served as President of the National Bar and Houston Lawyer Associations, Chair of the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation, Downtown Management and the Central Houston Housing Corporations I and II, and is a Founding Director of WALIPP (William A Lawson Institute), the MacGregor CDC and Tax Increment Zones Number 7 and 9.
Ms. Davis has won countless honors and awards, including two of her most valued achievements-- her election to the Presidency of the National Bar Association and the Houston Lawyers Association.
Ms. Davis sincerely believes that "the most important thing you can do in life is serve."
Emerging Scholar; Writer; Speaker; Advocate
Maco’s book, Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy, examines the history of Houston’s hip-hop culture from its beginnings in the early 1980s to 1991. He explores the nature of Houston hip-hop to discover how it came about, why it’s notable, and what it reveals about the life experiences of urban young people in Houston during the 1980s.
Maco is a doctoral student in history at Rutgers University. He holds an MA in history from Texas Southern University and a BA in speech and communications from Texas A&M University. He researches and writes about African American cultural experiences in the twentieth century United States.
Most recently Maco taught courses at Hunter College, Northern State Prison (part of NJ-Step), and Lone Star Community College. Prior to his work in the academy, Maco worked as an affirmative action consultant, college recruiter, corporate recruiter, professional development and career development specialist, and as a middle school teacher.
Maco is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He often volunteers for organizations to help young people gain valuable life, professional, and leadership skills. He was previously a board member and board chair for the Bread of Life, Incorporated, a Houston based non-profit organization that provides life changing services for those who find themselves homeless, hungry, and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Maco firmly believes that average people follow paths, but leaders of significance carve out trails.
Captain Paul J. Matthews
Founder, Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Paul J. Matthews has been researching military history and collecting military artifacts and memorabilia over 30 years before founding the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. This museum is the only one of its kind---- dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African American soldier. The museum creates and dissemniates knowledge about the history of the Buffalor soldiers and their service in the defense and development of America.
Captain Matthews is the former President and Historian of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, an organization he's held membership for over twenty-five years. He has also held the position of Public Relations Officer for the Cavalry's National Association.
Captain Matthews received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University and served two years active duty (four years reserve duty) in the United States Army. He received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Combat Medical Badge in the Republic of Vietnam.
He is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Owner, Houston's This Is It Soul Food Restaurant
Mr. Joseph was born to Ruby Joseph and George Glenn. He was raised by his grandparents, Frank and Mattie Jones. Mr. Joseph attended Abraham-Lincoln High School in Houston, and Prairie View A & M University where he majored in Civil Engineering. In 1980, Mr. Joseph joined the Houston Fire Department where he served as a firefighter for nearly 34 years before his retirement in 2014.
Houston’s This Is It Soul Food Restaurant has long served up foods originated from traditional slaves and Southern cuisine, including ham hocks, chitterlings, black-eyed peas, smothered pork chops and oxtails. Mr. Joseph’s late grandparents, Frank and Mattie Jones, opened This Is It in 1959 in a frame house at 1003 Andrews, located in Freedmen’s Town, a predominately African American neighborhood in Fourth Ward. Mr. Jones inspired and made sure that Craig followed these principles: always maintain public acceptance; don’t forget your roots; always protect your wealth and share it with family and friends. Being that Mr. Jones was Craig’s inspiration, mentor and hero, he, too, has the ability to keep his dream and family legacy alive.
Mr. Joseph gives all credit to God and his loving grandparents. He is steadily setting goals and accomplishing them one by one with God as the leader. He knows that the road to success is not easy or straight, but as long as he has determination, perseverance, faith and Jesus, he will be successful.
Mr. Craig Joseph, gives service and time to various organizations which includes coordinating and serving lunch twice a year to over 300 outdoors people. He helps conduct Chapel Service every second Sunday at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR Memorial Hermann). Craig Joseph Sr. has been married for 32 years to Georgette, who assists in the management of the family restaurant.
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