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.




Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph

Founding Director

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!

Rebekah Dobrasko

Historic Preservation Specialist

Texas Dept. of Transportation

Stephanie Lang

Center for Community Engagement

University of Texas, Austin



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