Center Director's Film to Rebroadcast

April 29, 2011

Thomas Cole, Ph.D., Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, will have his most recent film The Strange Demise of Jim Crow rebroadcast on the PBS network.

The film will air on Monday, May 2 at 9:30 pm and Tuesday, May 3 at 3:00 am, on PBS (local Channel 8). It will also re-air on Sunday, May 8 at 9:30 pm on PBS2, Channel 8.2.

The film was written and produced by Dr. Cole, and was developed from work on his book No Color is My Kind: The Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Integration of Houston, published in 1997.

The Strange Demise of Jim Crow by Thomas Cole, Ph.D.
Not all civil rights victories of the '60s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played-out in front of television cameras. The Strange Demise of Jim Crow reveals for the first time on film how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quietr, almost stealthy fashion with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals and controversial news black-outs. It makes visible a fascinating case-study of how urban power is really wielded.
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For more information on the book and film, visit Untold Stories: The Strange Demise of Jim Crow in Houston

~ Angela Polczynski

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