Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February is Black History Month

Matthew "Bones" Hooks was born to former slaves, best remembered as a cowboy & Amarillo, Texas civic leader.

Hooks was also a religious leader, businessman, cowboy and horse breaker and became one of the first black cowboys to work alongside whites as a ranch hand, and the first black person to serve on a Potter County grand jury.

Morris Overstreet

is the first African-American

elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1990 and served 8 years. He grew up in Amarillo graduating high school from Amarillo High School (GO SANDIES), earned a BA from Angelo State University, earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Southern University School of Law in Houston.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February is Black History Month

The United States has many historical figures that have achieved notably and well represent the African American community. From current figures like Bill Cosby, Michael Steele and President Obama to historical figures like George Washington Carver, MLK, and Harold Washington the country is ripe with black achievement. This February, I'd like to blog about noteworthy black TEXANS.

Barbra Jordan. Ms. Jordan served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979. She was the first black woman elected to that post from Texas.

Daniel Webster (80 John) Wallace.
Mr. Wallace was a cowboy, born into slavery, worked
until his freedom was secured and died Texas'