SEPTEMBER 1—DECEMBER 21, 2001
PATHS TO JUSTICE: African-American Culture in Texas
SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION
Black Texans' Stories Focus of Southwestern Writers Collection Symposium
A special panel discussion on Texas African American culture will be held at TxState's Southwestern Writers Collection on November 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in conjunction with the Collection's current exhibit, Paths to Justice: African-American Culture in Texas.
The discussion, "History, Folklore, and Fiction in African American Texas," features one of the state's leading writers, Angela Shelf Medearis, and scholars Elvin Holt, TxState Professor of English, and Dwight Watson, TxState Assistant Professor of History. The symposium will be moderated by Mark Busby, Director of TxState's Center for the Study of the Southwest.The participants will discuss how the unique historical conditions of Black Texans have influenced the state's literature and journalism. African Americans have often overcome obstacles to document and celebrate their lives in history, folklore, and fiction. The panelists will also take questions from the audience.
Angela Shelf Medearis is one of Texas' most successful children's book authors and a major donor to the Southwestern Writers Collection. Medearis, a TxState alumnus, has written nearly 70 books in the past dozen years and received numerous awards. She began donating her literary papers to the Southwestern Writers Collection in 1998 and she is prominently featured in the current exhibit.
The current exhibit at the Southwestern Writers Collection, Paths to Justice: African-American Culture in Texas, traces how the state's African-American writers, musicians, photographers and artists have created unique and moving portraits of their people, often challenging racist attitudes along the way. The wealth of images, sounds, words and works offers an opportunity to understand the important contributions of Texas' African-Americans and discover the resources available at TxState for African-American studies.