DaLyah Jones is the director of community engagement. Formerly, she was a staff writer for Texas Observer covering the environment and Southern Black arts and culture. She has also worked as a general assignment reporter and All Things Considered producer for Austin’s NPR Station, KUT 90.5, where she focused on rural and suburban stories outside of the Capital’s urban core. Her work can be found at NPR, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, NBC, Okay Player and more.
Articles by DaLyah Jones
Announcing the Texas Observer’s New Engagement Initiative
Since 1954, the Observer has focused on communities who are often ignored. Funding from the Google News Initiative takes us to the next level.
Efforts to Save What’s Left of Mary Allen Seminary Reveal The Challenges of Preserving Black Placemaking in Texas
The Mary Allen Museum of African American History continues to race the clock to preserve what’s left of Texas’ first African American school for Black girls and women.
Quilts of Color
Laverne Brackens and her family carry on the interwoven legacy of Black quiltmakers in East Texas.
Beyoncé Isn’t Possible Without Houston. Houston Isn’t Possible Without the Black Diaspora.
Texas’ artistic innovation is nothing new and continues to be center stage through artists like Beyoncé during yet another period of Black rediscovery.
Texas Already Lacked Affordable Child Care. Then COVID-19 Hit.
The coronavirus has temporarily or permanently closed almost half of all child care providers in the state, leaving few options for low-income working families.
Andrea Roberts Is Working to Define What Free Black Space Is
Through the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, researchers are working to liberate data on behalf of Black Texans.
What the Black Lives Matter Protests Mean for East Texas
Protests where I grew up–where lynchings and KKK marches have occurred in my lifetime–could signal a shift in the region long plagued by racial terror.
City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find Resilience and Mindfulness at Home
This year, researchers are asking residents to become citizen scientists in their own backyards in hopes of collecting vital data in otherwise overlooked areas.