Barbara Smith Conrad Interview

Barbara Smith Conrad discusses why education in the arts is essential to America’s youth and the nation’s future.

Robert Mims Interview

Robert “Bud” Mims, who was the editor of the University of Texas’s student newspaper in 1957, recalls that the generation attending the university was far more egalitarian than the segregationist hold-outs in the Legislature at the time of Conrad’s ouster from the school’s opera production.

Center Point – A Musical Legacy

Center Point, Texas was known as a “safe haven” community for African Americans in the mid-20th century Founded by freed slaves, it blossomed into a vital town with top-notch schools for black children and a vibrant music tradition rooted in the church.