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Biographical / Historical

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Private Sector Initiatives / Home Savers initiative

Series II: Houston Community College misappropriation of funds

Series III: Housing and Urban Development planning and funding shortage in Houston

Series IV: Prison reform and reentry

Series V: Houston wards and churches

Series VI: Other areas of interest

Series VII: Audio and video advocacy and testimony

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Reginald Moore Houston area community activism collection, 2000-2016 MS 653



Title: Reginald Moore Houston area community activism collection
Dates: 2000-2016
Identification: MS 653
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet2 boxes
Quantity: 5 GigabytesAudio and video files from public testimony
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Reginald Moore, of Sugar Land, Texas, is an historian and has a certification in Community Economic Development from the College of Biblical Studies. He is also a community activist, and has a particular interest in prison reform and prison re-entry into society. He served as a correctional officer in the Texas Department of Corrections, 1985-1988. Mr. Moore worked in the Beauford H. Jester I and III Units, a prison farm located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas. Jester I Farm was the first built by the state at this site, and was known as the Old Harlem Farm. Although convict leasing as a practice is believed to have begun informally in 1872, the State of Texas sanctioned the contract to lease the penal system to the private firm of Ed H. Cunningham and L.A. Ellis (Cunningham and Ellis) in 1878. In 1883, the land and system reverted from private to state control. While working at this site, Mr. Moore became interested in the history of the Flanagan House (former warden's house) and then in the Central Unit of the prison. Over time, this interest grew and became a major research area for Mr. Moore, who went on to found and chair the Texas Slave Descendants' Society(TSDS) in the early 2000’s. Through the TSDS and on his own, Mr. Moore, has worked to gain recognition for the past abuses associated with Sugar Land’s convict leasing system. Mr. Moore serves as a member of the RIP Guardian program for the Imperial Prison Cemetery. Additionally, Mr. Moore has worked to bring attention to other topics such as modern day prison reform, mis-use of public funds, and preservation of Houston's historically African American wards and churches.

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Scope and Contents

This collection represents the community activism efforts of Mr. Reginald Moore, which has often taken the form of researching topics as represented in newspaper accounts, requesting government records on the topics, and corresponding with officials and engaging in public testimony.

Private Sector Initiatives / Home Savers initiative - church based effort which Mr. Moore either led or was just deeply involved in to get the black community out participating in assisting fellow African Americans in repairing their homes via volunteer efforts. (Holman Street)

Houston Community College - misappropriation of funds

Housing and Urban Development, later renamed as Housing and Community Development, funding shortages. Mr. Moore involved in seeking government records and providing public testimony.

Prison reform - experience as correctional officer, research in newspapers, sharing ideas and opinions in public forums such as call-in radio shows (not documented in this collection) and corresponding with public officials regarding legislation for eVerification as a tool to facilitate employment of ex-convicts.

Wards and churches in Houston -- research in newspapers, public testimony (in collection, including Antioch Church video testimony at City Council)

Yates High School public testimony lobbying to save the building, Houston City Council 2/09/2016 video

Additional methods of activism which are not specifically documented in this collection include frequent radio show call-ins regarding issues relevant to the AFrican American community, for example with the Rev. Jesse Jackson's show "Keep Hope Alive" and Houston radio station Magic 102.1.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, woodson@rice.edu.

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Index Terms

notes
letters (correspondence)
clippings (information artifacts)
photographs
minutes (administrative records)
African Americans

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reginald Moore Houston area community activism collection, 2000-2016, MS 653, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mr. Reginald Moore.

Processing Information

Additional audio and video added to this collection, Fall 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Private Sector Initiatives / Home Savers initiative

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence to and from Moore regarding service projects, and newsclippings, 2001-2003
2 VHS video (9:58 duration)
3-4 Color photographs of service projects repairing homes and service award ceremonies (including Moore), 2001-2003

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Series II: Houston Community College misappropriation of funds

Box Folder
1 5 Clippings, notes and reports, 2014-2015
6 Public meeting minutes, 2013-2015
7 HCC real estate deeds and correspondence, 2008-2015
8 Newsclippings, 2015

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Series III: Housing and Urban Development planning and funding shortage in Houston

Box Folder
1 9 Correspondence on waste, fraud, and abuse, 2008-2016
10 Recordings of Moore's public testimony on HUD funding shortages, at Houston City Council and Houston Commissioners Court, 2013-2015 (video format)
11 Newsclippings regarding HUD funding shortages, 2008-2012
12 Houston planning publications, 2000-2003

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Series IV: Prison reform and reentry

Box Folder
1 13 Prison re-entry and eVerification as a way to facilitate employment, correspondence with city and county officials, and newsclippings, 2011
14 Prison reform newsclippings, general

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Series V: Houston wards and churches

Box Folder
1 15-16 Houston wards and churches: newsclippings and a history of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church

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Series VI: Other areas of interest

Box Folder
2 1 Houston sidewalk and transportation issues, 2013-2015
2 Juneteenth in Houston / complaints to Alief YMCA, 2012-2013
3 Port of Houston / Rosewood Cemetery in Galveston
4 Prairie View A&M Interscholastic League correspondence regarding Hall of Fame, 2016
5 Texas history textbook updates, 2008-2014
6 Yates High School / Houston Independent School District
7 General Black history newsclippings

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Series VII: Audio and video advocacy and testimony

Audio recorder files of Moore's calls in to radio and tv shows, and recordings of meetings 2009-2014
Audio recorder files of Reginald Moore's calls in to radio and tv shows, and recordings of meetings
General
Includes a listing of the files of these 95 audio files. Shows include Tom Hartman Show, CSPAN, Democracy Now, Brunch with Bernie, and others. Meetings include Moore's homeowners association, possibly Black Panthers meeting, church services.
Conditions Governing Access
This digital material is stored in the Woodson Research Center's nearline environment. Contact woodson@rice.edu for access, referencing this identifier number: MS0653aip_001.

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