CLiC in the East Texan

Norris Community focus of black history preservation project

By Jasmin Brown

Published: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mt. Moriah Temple Baptist Church is one of the buildings that will be highlighted in the preservation projected. Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with the Converging Literacies Center (CLiC) in a black history preservation project focused on Commerce’s Norris Community.

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Celebrating African-American History in Commerce, Texas

Norris School (Preview, Volume 1 and 2)

Norris School in Commerce, Texas. Visited on February 9, 2010. Presenter: Mr. Harry Turner.

The Norris School  served the local African American population until Commerce Independent School District integrated in 1965. Mr. Turner was among the last graduating classes at Norris, and later became one of the first African American students at Texas A&M-Commerce (then East Texas State University)

Volume 2

Video produced by CLiC (Converging Literacies Center), part of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Harry Turner, Volume 1-3 (Oral History Preview)

Volume 1 recorded November 13, 2009.  By Dr. James Conrad, Dr. Shannon Carter, and John P. Sloop, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 58 minutes. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Volume 2 recorded November 16, 2009. By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 1.11 hour. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Volume 3 recorded on November 23, 2009. By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 1.50 hour. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Billy Reed, Volumes 1-3 (Oral History Previews)

Mr. Reed is currently president of the Commerce chapter of NAACP and founding member/president of the Norris Community Club (see press release below for more).

Volume 1 recorded January 2010. By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 1.01 hour. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Volume 2 recorded January 28, 2010. By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 2.03 hour.

Ivory Moore, Volumes 1-3 (Oral History Previews)

Mr. Moore was the first Director of Minority Affairs at Texas A&M-Commerce, joining the university in 1972 as the first African-American administrator at the recently integrated campus (then East Texas State University). He was also Commerce’s first African-American mayor and responsible for a number of major improvements for the African American community on campus and throughout the Norris Community. Also a founding member of the Norris Community Club. See press release (below) for more information.

Volume 1 recorded November 16, 2009. By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 2.05 hour. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Volume 2 recorded November 6, 2009 (vol. 1). By Dr. James Conrad and Dr. Shannon Carter, Texas A&M University-Commerce. Full video interview 1.23 hour.

Previews above produced CLiC (Converging Literacies Center), part of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Entire recording soon available at the National Conversation on Writing (NCoW)

Additional video available soon, including interview October 2009 with Opal Pannell, another founding member of the Norris Community Club and long-time leader in the Norris Community.

For more information contact Dr. Shannon Carter (shannon_carter@tamu-commerce.edu) or Sunchai Hamcumpai (shamcumpai@leo.tamu-commerce.edu)