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Noted activist Mamie KingChalmers visited the Houston Community College West Loop campus for a discussion of Civil Rights on Feb. 4 for Black History Month. The image of Chalmers and two African-American children being hosed in Birmingham, Alabama at Public Safety Commissioner Bull Candor’s command is what has made her famous to this day. Chalmers was born June 19, 1941, in Birmingham where she grew up in the Jim Crow South. At 17 years old, she was a domestic worker in a woman’s house on Graymont Avenue. At the time, she was only being paid two dollars a day. Additionally, the living conditions forced on her were degrading. The owner of the house gave her a dinner that consisted of, “some moldy bread, a hot dog she had in the freezer for a long time, a small can of pork and beans, and a jar of Kool-Aid.” After only receiving

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35 cents that night for her work, she left the job and chose to never do domestic work ever again. At the insistence of her father, she joined Dr. Martin Luther King’s movement in 1963. When she joined, Dr. King told her and other demonstrators, “If anybody walks up to you, spits on you, hits you; you couldn’t go back-to-back. Just take it and tell them, ‘I love you just the same.’” She and the other demonstrators had to go through training on what to say and how to effectively demonstrate for their movement. At one point, she served five days in jail for her efforts. In jail, the police refused to feed her and the other demonstrators because of their actions. With help from Northern states and other groups, she was set free. She left Birmingham in 1966 and was pardoned in 1968. Despite progress, there was major opposition from the Ku Klux Khan, which led to the bombing of the Sixteen Street Baptist Church. Four young girls were killed in the bombing. One survivor, Sarah Collins-Rudolph,


lived to tell her story. Chalmers cautioned that even in today’s society, “people sitting next to you [could have] got a bomb.” Her advice for people is to “watch, look, and listen.” She wants young people to look around and not believe what others tell them without seeing for themselves. When asked about what other advice she would give young people, she wants them to be “obedient” and to “get educated” so they could vote and change the society we live in for the better. Chalmers gave an example of her grandson approaching her house one day with his pants down. Taken aback at this, she ordered him not to come back until he was properly dressed. Chalmers finds pants hanging down among men, and women wearing revealing clothes, as being “disrespectful.” She firmly believes that a solid education will bring young people out of the urban subculture and become productive members of society. Chalmers was given the Key to the City in Birmingham on

Thomas Hopkins / The Egalitarian Activist Mamie King-Chalmers explaining her experiences in the 1960’s and edjucating students on their importance on civil liberties in today’s political climate. December 10, 2013 for her many services as a Civil Rights leader. She called the experience an “honor,” especially considering just decades before, she couldn’t even walk freely in the city. She believes that AfricanAmericans should celebrate Black History Month “all 365 days” of the year because of the immense impact black people

had on this nation. It’s Chalmers’s wish that all young people participate in the struggles for equality and not fail to be leaders of tomorrow. For more about Chalmers, read her biography, ‘Her Stolen Pride’ by LaSuria Kandice Allman, her daughter, who was also inspired by her mother to become an activist.

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AP Stock Photo A view of I-10 freeway on the west side of Houston near the intersection of Beltway 8 and Gessner near Memorial City Mall.

Highway, From Page 1 A straightforward solution to the problem of crowding highways would be the expansion of Houston’s own METRO system. In a speech in Austin on Jan. 28, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner pointed out the huge $2.8 billion price tag and the immense size of the Katy Freeway. Further confronting the Texas Department of Transportation, Turner said, “This example, and many others in Houston and around the state, have clearly demonstrated that the traditional strategy of adding capacity—especially single occupant vehicle capacity on the periphery of our urban areas— exacerbates urban congestion problems.” He continued by saying, “These types of projects are not creating the kind of vibrant, economically strong cities that we all desire.” The Houston METRO Bus, park and ride, local buses, and METRO Rail systems act as the only means of transportation for some within the Greater Houston Area. If the METRO

system were to expand and cover more extensive ground within Houston’s boundaries and towards its outlying cities— Sugar Land, Humble and the Woodlands — it would reach the goal of decreasing traffic. Also, predicted benefits of a more active public transportation system would be expanded opportunity in the city to a larger group of individuals who are without individual transportation. Let’s not forget METRO jobs opening and ticket revenue increasing. According to METRO’s monthly ridership reports for fiscal year 2009-2012, a decrease in annual ridership from 84 million to 76 million dealt a blow to the use of public transportation. Although in the following years from fiscal year 2012-2015 ridership has made up ground with an increase up to 81 million annual riders, an average 2 percent increase per fiscal year. With Houston’s population increasing faster than METRO’s ridership rates and the flurry of highway construction and improvement projects, only time will tell the outcome of Houston’s traffic issue.

Houston Community College Chancellor Cesar Maldonado and several Trustees hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 3 at the HCC Alief-Hays campus. The Alief-Hays campus, located at 2811 Hayes Rd., is not new, but this event was to celebrate the first project completed by the Capital Improvement Project bond at this location. This project was for improvements to the campus, including opening the second, third and fourth floors of the building. The upper levels now house the Filmmaking Program, the Center for Entrepreneurs, Health and Sciences, as well as the Media and Technology program. The budget for this project was $14 million and has been in the works since mid-2013. Aric Nitzberg, program director for the Audio and Filmmaking programs at Northwest stated that, “We decided to move the filmmaking program to the Alief campus in 2012, and with this new campus move we already have an enrollment of over 400 students. The filmmaking department, which was housed at the Spring Branch Campus, is now being run from the Alief campus and takes up about one third of the third floor.” The campus host classes

Cesar Maldonado in filmmaking, Certified Nurses Aid, Horticulture, entrepreneurship, and with a partnership with UT-Tyler, it even has a 4-year engineering degree plan. Like Stafford and West Loop, the Alief campus now has its own Makers Space. It’s a lab where students can use 3D printers to create their own models, toys and designs. The campus is a combination of experiential classrooms and labs, a fully outfitted Maker Space, a facilitated collaboration space, a conference space, and a connecting learning commons to create intersections and networks of learning and innovation. The space includes an impressive, fully functional sound stage with a green screen, private editing suites, a Foley studio and a Screening Theater for film students to edit their projects. It’s a dream for any aspiring or even professional filmmaker. This new building has all the

facilities a professional studio has. On the same floor is the Center for Entrepreneurship where students can participate in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. The yearly competition was started nine years ago and has helped several students either start up their business or expand. This year, out of 60 applicants, 30 have been accepted into the program. The program matches two advisers with each business to help them develop their business plan. There are five training sessions and a presentation before a final round. The three best business plans will win prizes that total over $16 thousand. The goal is to build and sustain the Houston business community through effective and relevant educational initiatives. The Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives leads and coordinates all business and entrepreneurial initiatives at HCC.

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