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The East 12th Street, Return and Discover street festival was held Saturday September 10, 2016 and organized with support from the Austin Revitalization Authority, Six Square, Huston-Tillotson University, City of Austin’s Economic Development Department Soul-y Austin Program, Spirit of East Austin, Eureka Holdings, as well as a number of local businesses and community stakeholders. The event consisted of food, live music and […]

By Dr. Haile Eshe Cole In numerous cities across the nation, the condition of African-American cemeteries is a growing issue that communities are attempting to address. Neglected, overgrown, hidden, and abandoned have become their unfortunate depiction. In fact, a Virginia preservation group listed African-American cemeteries as one of the “most endangered historic places.” The residue […]

By Dr. Haile Eshe Cole Home is where the heart is. This is an all too familiar and highly quoted statement seen hanging in entryways, over fireplaces, and as a caption underneath smiling family photos. As I ponder this statement, a few questions come to mind. For example, what is home exactly? While this may […]