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Juanita Craft Helped Integrate the Texas State Fair—And Inspired the Next Generation of Civil Rights Activists

Juanita CraftWhen Juanita Craft bought her little white bungalow on Warren Avenue between Atlanta and Myrtle streets, South Dallas was in turmoil. It was 1950, and the city was changing. The blocks around her house, now known as the Wheatley Place Historic District, had been a Black settlement since the nineteenth century; the community was a freedman’s farming colony before the streetcar turned it into a bona fide suburb. But in the years after World War II, the city’s African American population was expanding beyond Wheatley’s borders. Black families were moving into white neighborhoods just to the south, prompting a familiarly violent backlash. There were eleven bombings in South Dallas between 1949 and 1951, and six “mysterious fires.” No one was killed, but roofs were blown…View Original Post

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Alone in the City of Light

Author Greg Curtis's new book, Paris Without HerThough Greg Curtis has cast his attention overseas in recent years, writing books such as The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists and Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo, Texas Monthly staffers and longtime readers know him best as this magazine’s editor in chief from 1981 to 2000. This was the role he occupied back in 1997, when I first met him and his wife, Tracy, who is the focus of Greg’s new book, Paris Without Her (Knopf, April 20). Part remembrance, part meditation, the memoir traces my former boss’s relationship with Tracy and his own journey after her death from pancreatic cancer in 2011, when she was 67. Greg Curtis.Courtesy of Greg Curtis Texas Monthly: One thing that…View Original Post

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Sustainable Coffee Institute (SCI) Launches Cupping Form and Protocols

SCI descriptive cupping form

Just as coffee is a living, changing thing, so too is the industry’s collective evaluation of it. One organization pushing the envelope in coffee evaluation is the professional education-focused Sustainable…

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