AUSTIN, TX – The Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online, the authoritative encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture, has released theHandbook of African American Texas “e-Book,”entitled “Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas,” a glimpse of the in-depth online resource detailing the history of African Americans in Texas.
The Handbook of African American Texas features more than 850 entries that chronicle the individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, organizations, and events that comprise the African American experience and its significant contribution to the heritage and culture of the Lone Star State.
“African Americans have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Texas,” said Merline Pitre, project director of the Handbook of African American Texas and professor at Texas Southern University. “This publication acknowledges the struggles and accomplishments of blacks in Texas and the need to preserve this critical history.”
“This Handbook was initiated to capture, create greater awareness, and increase appreciation for the roles and contributions that Afro-Texan individuals, groups, and organizations have made to their neighborhoods, cities, state, nation and beyond,” said Pitre.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner weighed in on the e-Book, stating, “Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas is a comprehensive and fascinating digital compilation of information about the influence of African Americans on the growth and development of Texas. It is a fitting tribute to the role African Americans have played in shaping this great state. I tip my hat to the Texas State Historical Association for shining a spotlight on these significant contributions that are often overlooked by other historians.”
Historians from across the state contributed new scholarship in the making of this resource, and the Handbook of African American Texas will continue to add new articles and images in the future.
The Handbook of African American Texas eBook is the latest in a series of projects by the Handbook of Texas, which include the online features The Handbook of Civil War Texas and The Handbook of Texas Music. The online Handbook currently contains more than 26,000 articles about all things Texan.Download