Wednesday, June 19, 2019 : Prairie View A&M University
For Texas Educators, Historians & History Enthusiasts!
K-12 Texas Educators will receive 7 CPE credits!
Wed., June 19, 2019
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas
2019 Aya Symposium
“Education: THE Foundation for Civil Rights in Texas Freedom Colonies”
On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas' enslaved residents were informed of their freedom. Almost immediately, these newly emancipated Texans began to assert themselves as resourceful, innovative citizens, forming more than 540 "Freedom Colonies" throughout the state during the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries as foundations in the fight for Civil Rights for Texans of African descent.
The goal of this symposium, entitled “Education – THE Foundation for Civil Rights in Texas Freedom Colonies” will be to explore the history of the educational systems and structures in Freedom Colonies, their influence on fostering and sustaining Black civil rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their impact on African-American Texans today.
Dr. Peniel E. Joseph
Center for Race & Democracy
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Andrea Roberts
Assoc. Dir., Center for Housing &
Urban Development @ Texas A&M University
Founder, Texas Freedom Colonies Project
Dr. Michael Hurd
Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture
Prarie View A&M University
More Speakers to be Announced!
Historic Preservation Specialist
Texas Dept. of Transportation
Center for Community Engagement
University of Texas, Austin