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THE TEXAS OBSERVER eil The 2008 Texas Book Festival NOV.1-2 * THE TEXAS CAPITOL Bob Moser, the Observer’s new editor/author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority, “Memo to the President-Elect” panel, 3-4 p.m., Sat., Nov.1, Texas House Chamber. Geoff Rips, former Observer editor/author of the award-winnning novel The Truth, participates in the “Evoking a Sense of Place” panel, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1, Capitol Extension Room E2.016. Lou Dubose, former Observer editor/co-author with Molly Ivins of Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch’s Assault on America’s Fundamental Rights, introduces Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Power ful Mercenary Army, !2:30-1:15 p.m., Sun. Nov. 2, Capitol Extension Room E2.026. Book signings after panels. licensed black pilot in the world, and the first black woman to fly in the U.S. Norris Wright CuneyThe child of a white planter, Curley was born in 1846 on a plantation near Hempstead and became a powerful figure in Texas’ Republican cirdes as president of the Galveston chapter of the Union League, secretary of the Republican State Executive Committee, and the Republican Party’s national committeeman from Texas. EstebanAlso known as Estevanico and Stephen the Moor, Esteban was a native of Azamor, on the Atlantic shore of Morocco, and a member of the exploration party that included Cabeza de Vaca that ship-wrecked on the Gulf Coast near western Galveston Island in 1528. Once ashore, Esteban became the first Africanborn person to set foot in Texas. The Houston Riots of 1917On August 23, 1917, members of the 3rd Battalion of the 24th Infantry took part in what the U.S. Army calls the Houston Mutiny, the first race riot in American history in which more whites than blacks died. More than 100 black soldiers marched through downtown Houston seeking revenge on Houston police for their brutal and racist treatment of the soldiers. The violence left 16 whites and four black soldiers dead; 118 soldiers were tried in a hastily convened court-martial, the largest ever in the U.S.; 13 of those were hung near Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. Numerous others received long jail sentences. Lincolnville at Moccasin BendIn 1865, upon first hearing of their emancipation, many Coryell County blacks chose Press for a five-volume series of books, for which we’ll also produce interactive companion DVDs. Nine months later, the IRS approved our non-profit status. The series will span from Esteban to football coach Lovie Smith, who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl, becoming the first African-American coach to do so \(nudging out the second, the Indianapolis Colts’ Tony Dungy, by Sandy, Texas, and his will be one among hundreds of profiles, bios, interpretive essays, and other entries assembled by our diverse statewide team of scholars, writers, and editors, addressing centuries of seminal events involving black Texans. We’ve already set up a Web site \(www volume, which will cover the years 1528 Four decades out of high school, this is what I know about black history in Texas: There are thousands of stories still waiting to be told, stories that can help us learn about ourselves, and about each other. Class is now in session. Michael Hurd is a veteran journalist who has written for the Austin AmericanStatesman, USA Today, and other publications. He is the author of Black College Football, 1892-1992, and Collie J., Grambling’s Man with the Golden Pen. to stay where they were. The liberated slaves purchased land along the west side of the Leon River, near a turn called Moccasin Bend. Adopting the name of their liberator, they called their new home Lincolnville. Samuel McCulloch, Jr.In October 1835, McCulloch became the first casualty of the Texas revolution when he received a shoulder wound as Texans captured the Mexican fort at Goliad. Soldiers at Houston’s Camp Logan, circa 1917. The Texas Black History Preservation Project is an educational project, and were eager students, learning much of the history as we go. But first and foremost, the project should benefit Texas teachers, students, and historians particularly, and the general public as well, across racial lines, in Texas and beyond. We hope to give African-American children an increased understanding of self and sense of pride throughan understanding of what generations before them have contributed to Texas. We’ve taken as our model Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates’ massive Africana, which covers all things African and African-American. A scant three months after submitting a proposal, we had a contract with University of Texas OCTOBER 31, 2008 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 31