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    • Chambers, Vernon

    • Chambers, Vernon--Interviews ;
      African American Educators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Theatrical producers and directors--Biography ;
      Distributive education--Marketing--Interviews ;
      Race...
    • Trained at the Pasadens Playhouse School of the theater in California, Vernon Chambers directed plays and was a Broadcaster. He later became Program Director at KCOH Television station. Originator of the Distributive Education program at Houston,...
    • Franklin, Sonny "Boy"

    • Franklin, Sonny--Interviews ;
      Jazz Musicians--United States--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American Musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Born in Houston, Sonny Franklin is a Jazz musician, and comes from a music family. He joined the Yakes and Wiley Band and performed in various places in the United States.
    • DeAnda, Raul.

    • DeAnda, Raul--Interviews ;
      Mexican American Educators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Mexican American Educational Council ;
      Human rights workers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Mexicans--United States--Texas--Houston ;
    • Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Raul De Anda came to Houston in 1967. Having a degree in Business Administration, he worked in several large companies. His interest in social work led him to get a formal degree in Social Work. Raul De Anda was...
    • Eckels, Bob

    • Eckels, Robert, 1957---Interviews ;
      Houston Independent School District (Tex.). Board of Education--Interviews ;
      County commissioners--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Bob Eckel's interest in politics started early, when got involved in the political aspect of teachers' organizations. In 1960 he was elected to the HISD Board. He ran for the Commisioner's Court and got elected. According to Eckels, his proudest...
    • Hibbert, Mary Taub

    • Hibbert, Mary Taub--Interviews ;
      Cooper, Beatrice “Bebe” Wright--Interviews ;
      Wright, Mary Hibbert--Interviews ;
      Taub, Ben ;
      Taub, Jacob Nathan ;
      Taub, Joanna Berger ;
      Jews--Texas--Houston ;
      Taub family...
    • Mary Taub Hibbert, granddaughter of J. N. Taub, daughter of Sam Taub, and niece of Ben Taub, details her family’s history in Houston. Mrs. Hibbert’s daughter, Mary Hibbert Wright, and her granddaughter Beatrice “Bebe” Wright Cooper, join...
    • Cobb, Arnett

    • Cobb, Arnett, 1918–1989--Interviews ;
      African American jazz musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Saxophonists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Arnett Cobb and His Mobb (Musical group) ;
      Oral histories
    • Arnett Cobb, a saxophonist and band leader started playing music professionally in the 1930s. After playing with several groups including Lionel Hampton's, he formed his own band in 1947. In this interview Arnett answers questions about the...
    • Slater, Gene

    • Slater, Gene--Interviews ;
      Architects--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Composers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Architect, graduated from Rice University. Under the guidance of Jimmy Chillman built Hotels, among them the Rice Hotel, Hotel Club Buildings in Houston, among others, and Oil & Gas buildings and Bank buildings in Fort Worth
    • Friend, Sharlee

    • Friend, Sharlee--Interviews ;
      Oral histories ;
      Social workers
    • Sharlee Friend describes her experiences as a social worker. She first worked with the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) grant program beginning in 1963 and later the Texas Rehabilitation Joint Project. She details her experiences...
    • Jefferson, Andrew

    • Jefferson, Andrew L.,1934---Interviews ;
      African American Judges--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Attorneys, General ;
      Oral histories
    • Attorneys at Law, Partner, 1960-61; Assistant Criminal District Attorney, 1961-61, U.S. Attorney, Harris County Judge.Served on the Constitutional Revision Commission for the State of Texas, and as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the judiciary.
    • Smith, Gerald

    • Smith, Gerald--Interviews ; African American bankers--Texas--Houston ; Investment bankers ; Minority business enterprises--Texas--Houston ; Oral histories
    • Native Houstonian Gerald Smith discusses how he grew up to be chairman, CEO and co-founder of Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors -- one of the nation's largest minority owned institutional investment managers.
    • Heard, Jack, (1918-2005)

    • Heard, Jack--Interviews ;
      Sheriffs--Texas--Harris County ;
      Police Chiefs--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Police professionalization ;
      Police women--Houston--Texas ;
      Oral histories
    • Jack Heard earned many historic firsts during his career. He served both as Houston Police Chief and Harris County Chief. He advocated and promoted college education and updated professional training for all officers. His many firsts,included...
    • Carr, Billie

    • Carr, Billie, 1928-2002--Interviews ;
      Politicians--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Texas--Harris County--Houston--Politics and government ;
      Democratic Party (U.S.)--Texas--Harris County ;
      Political...
    • Billie Carr came from a family interested in politics. Her interest in politics started in 1950s, when she went to a meeting of the Steel Workers' Union of which her husband was the President, and saw the appalling living conditions of the Chicano...
    • Kesselus, Richard K.

    • Kesselus, Richard K.--Interviews ;
      Ship, Harold E.--Interviews ;
      Police Chiefs--Texas--Interviews ;
      West University Place (Tex.) ;
      Oral histories
    • At the time of this interview in 1974, Richard Kesselus served as the Chief of Police of West University Place. The Assistant Chief at this time, Harold E. Ship, is also interviewed. They discuss in detail how officers were trained, daily...
    • Barnes, Betty

    • Barnes, Betty--Interviews ;
      Feminists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Women's rights ;
      National Organization for Women ;
      Discrimination in employment ;
      Harris County Women's Political Caucus ;
      Oral histories
    • An active member of NOW (National Organization for Women) since 1970, Betty Barnes was an advocate for women's rights and equal employment opportunities for Women. Barnes was an Instructor of Government at San Jacinto College, in Houston, Texas.
    • Gockley, David

    • Gockley, David--Interviews ;
      Opera Executives--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • David Gockley served as the Director of the Houston Grand Opera from 1972 to 2005. Previously, he was the Assistant Director and worked in this position to improve public relations and fundraising efforts. In this interview, Mr. Gockley speaks...
    • Lyons, E. A.

    • Lyons, E. A. (Everett Augustus)--Interviews ;
      County officials and employees--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      County council members--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • E. A. (Everett Augustus) Lyons was first elected as Harris County commissioner in 1942, when road conditions were a major issue in the county because 85% of the roads were unpaved. Throughout the war, the county could not get parts and materials...
    • Edwards, Arenia

    • Edwards, Arenia--Interviews ;
      African American Community Organizers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Midwifes--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Volunteers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Public welfare--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral...
    • Arenia Edwards lived in Houston since 1941. Born poor, she worked in a cafe. She loved volunteering, and volunteered for 20 years at the VA Hospital and other places. In louisiana, she took midwife training from two doctors and helped the needy...
    • Walker, May

    • Walker, May--Interviews ; Policewomen--Texas--Houston ; African American police--Texas--Houston ; Harris County (Tex.) [also has a book titled The History of the Black Police Officers in the Houston Police Department 1878-1988]
    • Constable Walker discusses her journey to becoming the first female and first African American female Constable in Harris County as well as the state of Texas.

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