Texas civil rights talk Saturday
A book talk for Texas civil rights scholar Dr. Max Krochmal will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Calaboose African American History Museum.
His book — titled “Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era”— explores our state during the mid-twentieth-century as a hotbed of community organizing and civil rights activism.
From the 1930s onward, Krochmal recounts a decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas, when African American, Mexican American and white labor and community advocates gradually came together for mutual empowerment.
At the ballot box and in the streets, they demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and actual political influence.
Their efforts yielded the Democratic Coalition of the 1960s, a militant, multiracial alliance that would tackle segregation in Texas: both Jim Crow and Juan Crow.
Sponsors of the talk include the Philosophy Dialogues, the Department of Philosophy, the Honors College, the Department of Gender and Diversity and the History Department at Texas State University.
Attendees are invited to arrive a bit early, or plan to stay a bit late, to enjoy an exhibit on the life of hometown hero Lucious Jackson.
Jackson, an NBA champion who also won a gold medal in the Olympics alongside Wilt Chamberlain, was born and grew up in San Marcos until his family opted to move away in the 1950s — San Marcos High School refused to let him play on the team because he was black.
The exhibit will be up at the Calaboose until Feb. 24, located at 200 Martin Luther King Drive.
Free admission for the book talk as well as the exhibit.