Susan Smith Richardson

By Susan Smith Richardson:


Power Politics

by | Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm CST

The Power of Words

It’s no small feat to harness the power of words. Words can free you or trap you; make you feel or make you think. The authors featured in our Fall Books issue have done so admirably, and on subjects from … Read More


Helping Neighborhoods Organize Themselves

A community garden. A voter-education campaign. A community center in a low-income apartment complex. These are some of the programs Charhonda Cox supports as the staff and project director for the Texans Together Education Fund. The Houston-based nonprofit helps communities … Read More

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Preserving the State Cemetery

Will Erwin, senior historian at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, describes himself as a “history dork.” His love of history attracted him to a job where he’s a Jack-of-all-trades. Erwin, 36, blogs, leads tours, helps with funerals, occasionally tends … Read More


Do the Boots Make the Man?

The governor may wear boots, but not all real Texans do.

On a Saturday afternoon in Austin, Allens Boots teems with visitors and newcomers to Texas. Tugging on boots and trying on cowboy hats, they want to buy a piece of the Texas mystique and the myth of the rural, rugged … Read More

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Cultural Warrior

Harold McMillan believes that culture can be a political weapon. For more than 20 years, the founder and director of Austin’s DiverseArts Culture Works has documented and presented the music and culture of the city’s dramatically changing African-American community. Gentrification … Read More