Historian and Journalist Michael Hurd: 500 Years of Black History & Culture in Texas

From Esteban the Conquistador to the Juneteenth celebration; from black high school football to rewriting the history of the Civil War in Texas textbooks!


Michael Hurd is an author, journalist, and historian. He is managing editor of the Texas Black History Preservation Project which is documenting the almost 500-year history of African-Americans in Texas, and is the director of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture at Prairie View A&M University.

The author of Black College Football, 1892-1992, Michael Hurd is currently working with the University of Texas Press on a book about the storied history of football programs at Texas’ all-black high schools.

michael hurd studio 2On the show we discuss the special historical role of football in pre-integration black high schools and historically black colleges. Hurd shares stories about Esteban, the black Moor slave and Spanish conquistador who was the first black African in Texas; the Afro-Mexicans who formed some of the first all-black communities in Texas; the Camp Logan riots in Houston; and the story of Juneteenth, when black slaves in Texas finally learned that they were free. We also discuss the rewriting of history through textbooks, the issue of Confederate flags and symbols, and the banishing of Jefferson Davis’ statue from the main mall at UT-Ausin.

Hurd was a sportswriter for the Houston Post, where his primary beat was covering small college sports, and the Austin American-Statesman, where he was also an assistant city editor; for 11 years he worked as a sportswriter for USA Today; and he worked as an editorial producer at Yahoo Sports.

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  1. Aziz Khalfan  September 29, 2015 at 1:13 am

    During the European Dark Ages Islam was the vibrant progressive force in the World that helped in many ways to lift up Europe from superstitous backwardnes by establishing advenced learning centers in Southern Europe.

    Despite the fact that Baghdad was considered the lerning centre of the Islamic world it were the West African Empires that were known as the most prolific book publishing centers of the world. This was during the time when cities such as Timbuktu were truly paved with gold and their sages were reknown with unsurpursed wisdom.

    The destruction of these Empires lays squarely on the Jews, an entity always in the details and any saga of treachery and betrayal would be incomplete without their presence. Similar fate had befallen the European Islamic Emirates where on many occassions the Emir would be a West African as were the leaders of the army.

    Descendants of African slaves today are totally unaware of their once proud heritages and histories
    that was the envy of many people and are always stunned when they see pictures of European royalties curtsing before Emperor Haile Sellasie for instance. Many have been brainwashed into accepting their inferiority such that decades after emancipation they still remain mental slaves and at the same time their own slave-master by being ashamed to accept their once culturaly superior station.

    Do your own research.

    • Aziz Khalfan  September 29, 2015 at 2:07 am

      This is the best opportunity to listen to Stevie Wonder’s album ‘Fulfillingness First Finale’ the number ‘Lady Superstitous’ and while you are at it listen to my favorite ‘They won’t go when I go’.
      Thanks Stevie !

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