Barbara Mink, Mark Madrid, East Texas Massacre, 1942 Football and more

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SCHOOL: Barbara Mink has embodied ACC’s ideals since Day 1. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “In July 1973, Barbara Mink drove a black Ford F-100 pickup truck from Statesville, N.C., to Austin. The new dean — among the very first hires at Austin Community College — found her offices hidden in a corner of the old L.C. Anderson High School in East Austin. The same two rooms at the newly renamed “Ridgeview Campus” served also as the tutoring lab, the testing center and the incipient college’s library, which owned so few books that teachers brought in textbooks and artfully distributed them around the shelves. “It was electric,” Mink recalls of those heady days at ACC. “We had to hire all the staff and faculty, develop curriculum and figure out how to register students. All of July, all of August, we were working. Everybody got together and said, ‘We are going to make this work!’ ” http://shar.es/1HweCQasz-122114-MINK-4

BUSINESS: Mark Madrid charges up Hispanic Chamber. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “Where is the self-proclaimed Cheeseburger Capital of Texas? “Friona is in the middle of nowhere,” says Mark Leroy Madrid of his Panhandle hometown 70 miles southwest of Amarillo and home to the Texas Cheeseburger Festival. “The cattle outnumber the people. There’s one stoplight, one Dairy Queen, and the stoplight was constructed when I was in elementary school.” wenty-four years ago, when the future president and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce enrolled at the University of Texas, almost as many people lived in his Austin dormitory complex as did in Friona, almost 500 miles away.” http://shar.es/1HwesZ

HISTORY: How should an East Texas massacre be remembered? Taken from Jonathon Tilove‘s story in the Statesman: “Slocum is a speck on the map — an East Texas crossroads in Anderson County about a dozen miles southeast of Palestine. It is home to a couple of hundred people, about what it’s always been. According to the Handbook of Texas, published by the Texas State Historical Association, Slocum’s defining struggle to get its own post office back in the 19th century was a “slow come,” and it’s now long gone. In 1929, Slocum was flattened by a tornado that killed eight people, injured as many as 150 others and left a mule stuck high in a tree. There is no mention anywhere in the handbook of the 1910 Slocum Massacre, in which a marauding mob of local whites went on a rampage, killing blacks pell-mell, and sending much of the local African-American population fleeing for their lives, abandoning homes and property, never to return.” http://shar.es/1Hwe0R

SPORTS: The year Austin won two state football championships. Taken from Danny Davis‘ story in the Statesman:  “Seventy-two years ago, the Texas high school football spotlight shined directly on the state capital. In the fall of 1942, the state’s two state high school championships were claimed by Austin schools. Austin High took home the University Interscholastic League’s Class 2A championship. Anderson High earned the top prize at the conclusion of the Prairie View Interscholastic League’s third-ever postseason tournament.” http://shar.es/1HwjVx


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