Expanding the Archive: Hidden Histories of Race in Houston
February 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
In honor of African American History Month, please joins us for a presentation by Dr. Tyina Steptoe. Steptoe will discuss the research process for her book, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City. Houston Bound focuses on the Creoles of Color, Black, and Brown communities in the Bayou City in the early twentieth century. Her talk will address the limitations of traditional archival research in histories of race, as well as how she used oral histories and music as a historical source in her book. This program is a must for anyone interested in researching communities that did not leave many written records behind.
Tyina Steptoe is a Houston native who currently works as an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona. Her book, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City (University of California Press, 2016), has received several awards, including the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book (North American) from the Urban History Association and the W. Turrentine Jackson Book Prize from the Western History Association. Her writing has appeared in publications like the American Quarterly, Journal of African American History, TIME, Houston Chronicle, and the Oxford American. She also hosts Soul Stories, a weekly radio program that explores the history of rhythm and blues music, on 91.3 KXCI in Tucson.