University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition archive, 1996-

Creator Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition
Title: UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition archive
Dates: 1996
Abstract: Essays authored by high school students and submitted to the UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: The African Americans in Texas, Past and Present, as well as material about the annual competition which is administered by the University of Texas at Austin.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00164
Extent: 4.6 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Scope and Contents

Essays authored by high school students and submitted to the UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: The African Americans in Texas, Past and Present, as well as material about the annual competition which is administered by the University of Texas at Austin.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
African Americans

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Archive, 1996-, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Accession Numbers

96-111; 97-107; 98-133; 99-125; 2000-065; 2001-075; 2002-085; 2003-051; 2004-051; 2005-052; 2007-064; 2008-226; 2009-102; 2010-103; 2011-100; 2012-113; 2014-084; 2015-125; 2016-154; 2017-192; 2018-123; 2019-100

Detailed Description of the Collection

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 1996

3G135 [SRH1230016031] Essays of regional winners
"African Americans Past and Present and Their Voting Rights Struggle," by Crystal Brackens
"A Torch in the Darkness," by Crystal Brackens
"The Nation," by Kassandra Burgess
"Heman Marion Sweatt and Sweatt vs. Painter," by Darrick Chang
"Miss Dorothy Ingram, A Great Contributor to the Intellectual and Cultural Life in the Port Arthur Community," by Courtney E. Charles
"Barbara Jordan: An Outstanding and Dynamic Woman of Texas," by Monnika LeDawn Dean
"A Contribution to Education: Ervin and Jean Perry," by Valerie Finnegan
"Unity: The Key to Achievement," by Adam J. Foraker
"The Social Aspects of the African American in Texas, Past and Present," by Angel Forwar
"A Biography of Calvin Williams," by James Monet Jackson
"The Changing Face of Deep Ellum and It's Effect on the African American in Texas," by Nakiya Jones
"Dare to Dream," by TyRonda Leake
"Scott Joplin: A Noted Composer," by Malie Malunchuk
"Barbara Jordan: Memorable Legacy," by Scott McArthur
"African American Newspapers in the Austin Community," by Shana Mikels
"The NAACP," by Angelica E. Navarro
"Black Women of Texas," by Jennifer Peterson
"Barbara Jordan's Brain Power," by Carrie Rogers
"Charlton-Pollard High School," by Dennetta Starks
"African Americans in Politics: From Slave to Statesman," by Joseph Q. Stevens
"Integration in Progress: The Struggle in Midland Independent School District," by Ruth Wallace
"A Ransom for his People," by Richard Williams, Jr.
"The Impact of the NAACP: Past and Present," by Cynthia Wong
"The Invisible Men," by Angela Zoch
Brochure and Program, 1996
3So14a [SRH1230022222] Poster, 1996
On Campus, April 10, 1996

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 1997

3G135 [SRH1230016031] List of regional winners
Essays of regional winners
"The Buffalo Soldiers in Texas," by Charles M. Blakely
"Reverend Jacob Fontaine," by Paul M. Botello
"Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.: Making a Difference in Outer Space," by Camille A Buffalo
"Wilhelmina Delco: Worthy of Praise," by MaryAnne Cole
3G136 [SRH1230016032] "The Freeman Family, Pioneers of African American Businesses in Port Arthur," by Danyel C. Crout
"Distinguished Dignity: A Tribute to Viola Coleman," by Cassie K. Goodin
"Wilhelmina Delco: The Pursuit for Better Education," by Ryan M. Graf
"Wilhelmina Delco: An Extraordinary Citizen of Our Time," by Steve Hoberman
"Wilhelmina Delco: Spokeswoman for Education," by Sarah K. Israel
"The Renaming of West South Street to MLK Drive," by LaShonda M. Malrey
"Celebrations' Celebrations," by Elianna J. Marziani
"Advocates for the Cluster System," by Dani M. Morris
"Barbara Jordan: An Unprecedented Legacy," by Harry Y. Oh
"Black Texan Athletes: Their Struggles, Efforts, and Accomplishments," by Nicole M. Paisely
"Dr. Charles C. Andrews," by Ryan A. Peters
"A Legacy Continues: Achievement Against the Odds," by John P. Porter
"Antioch: A Living Document of Texas History," by Alene S. Riley
"No Longer Invisible," by Demetria B. Smith
"Agreed Judgement and Implementation," by Jennifer E. Traxel
"Captain Lovie White: The Portrait of a Hero," by Natalie A. Vasquez
"Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.: A Man to be Admired," by Regan K. Vignon
"African American Schools in Austin," by Teresa A. Watkins
"A Light within the Darkness," by Erik J. Welsh
"African American 'First' in Houston Past and Present," by Andre-Ali R. Williams

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 1998

3G136 [SRH1230016032] List of regional winners
Essays of regional winners
"Dr. Mae Allison Johnson Jackson: A Life Dedicated to Serving Others Socially and Economically," by Jimmy L. Abram
"Angela Shelf Medearis," by Katie R. Assad
"Early African American Educators in Dallas," by Madeline Banks
"Barbara Jordan," by Krystal M. Billings
"'The Unforgotten Inspiration' of Dr. Joseph A. Chatman," by Kiecha D. Brooks
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Trailblazers of Texas and the Western Frontier," by Camille A. Buffalo
"The African American in Longview," by James Draper
"The African American Woman in Texas: Past and Present," by Angel J. Forward
"The Innovator," by Christi C. Godfrey
"Influential Women," by Zandra Hadnot
"Leadership: An Inspirational Leader in the World of Nursing," by Stephanie R. Hilliard
"Wilhelmina Delco: An Extraordinary Person," by Mohamad F. Jahangiri
"Mack Hopkins and the Tuskegee Experience," by Tiffani M. Johnson
"Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rahad - Two African-American Women from Houston: Their Achievements," by Angie J. Lehnert
"Emma Massey: A Present Link to the Past," by Marcos R. Leyva
"Huston-Tillotson College: A Monument of Education," by Amy W. Lin
"Bessie Coleman: The Skies are not Segregated," by Maile R. Malnchuk
"George Washington Carver Junior/Senior High School: Alive and Well," by Ashley D. Miller
"Alma Marshall: Woman of Integrity, Tenacity, and Vision," by Stephanie P. Mullins
"Roosevelt Leaks: An Austin Hero," by Mary D. Nguyen
"Sometimes David Slays Goliath," by Joseph W. Pleasant
"The Ghost of Austin's Blues," by Jennifer J. Steinhausen
"Chuck Landy: A Blessing to San Antonio," by Bonnie J. Wampler
"One Last Look," by Kristina M. Bicking
Brochure, 1998

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 1999

3G324 [SRH1230016005] Essays of regional winners
"Garlington Jerome Sutton: A Political First Among Equals," by Alan Alvarado
"The Integrity of a Family," by Portia Bettis
"Thurgood Marshall and the Fight for Equality," by Earnest Bracey, Jr.
"Accepting No Barriers: A Tribute to Margorie Titus," by Kathryn Burke
"Josie Briggs Hall: Healing with Verse," by Marie Delahoussaye
"Mamie McKnight: Historian of the 21st Century," by RonAmber T. Deloney
"Pride and Joy in the Theater," by Neil U. Desai
"Voice of Justice: Mr. James Bradford," by Poppy Goodin
"The Controversy of the Confederate Battle Flag at Lee High School," by Cody Hansen
"Mr. Comer J. Cottrell, Jr.: Making a Difference in Dallas," by La Toya D. Harris
"Milestones of the Dallas NAACP Branch and Youth Council," by Aubrey C. Hooper
"Mickey Leland: Advocate of the Impoverished," by Devin Bernard Jones
"A Silence of Unsung Heroes," by Bertha Jones
"In Search of a Dream," by Amel Khirieh
"The Grey Ghost: A Tribute to Blues in Central Texas," by Adrian Kubala
"Clarksville: The Birthplace of Freedom," by Eric Lam
"M.J. Anderson: The Practical Visionary," by Victor Lindsay
"The Tyler Rose," by Sarah Lucas
"Bob Ray Sanders: Crusader for the Cause," by Puja Maewal
"William Madison McDonald: A Banker and Political Trailblazer for African-Americans," by Ryan Pugliano
"African-American Education in Borger, Texas," by Dayna Purcell
"Clarksville," by Ariel Rideout
"Blacks in the Military: The Precursors of Racial Advancement," by Melody Smith
"The Plight for Education: The Ripple That Commenced the Wave," by Jean Usen
"Education Sees No Color," by Kimberly Weiderhold
"From Struggle to Triumph: The Life Experiences and Achievements of Mrs. Charles E. White," by Frieda Wiley
"The Grey Ghost: A True Austin Legend," by Matthew Wise

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2000

3G324 [SRH1230016005] Winner's Catalog
"Percy E. Sutton: A Civil Rights Entrepreneur," by Alan Alvarado
"David Robinson: The Goliath of Giving," by Nirav Amin
"Kwanzaa: A Cultural Holiday," by Laura Atkinson
"Thomas 'Hollywood' Henderson," by Lea Bardy
"The African American in Texas - Past and Present: Taking a Stand in History, The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce," Katrina Monique Brackens
"Ada Simond: Remembering Things Past," by Darice Chang
"Bill Pickett: Trailblazer among Black Celebrities," Steven Chang
"Turning Points in History: The Barbara Jordan Story," by Janis Cooper
"Thelma Joyce White: Opening Doors at Texas Western at El Paso," by Lorraine V. Flanagan
"The Phoenix," by Colin Gillens
"William Madison McDonald: An Icon for our Generation," by Sara Godoy
"An Irreplaceable Society Member," by Amy Haines
"A Lifeline for Business: Midland Black Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Inc.," by Don Ho
"Bob Snead: Renaissance Man," by Carly Rose Jackson
"Commissioner John Wiley Price: 'The Voice of Dallas'," by Livenia Jackson
"The African American in Texas Past and Present," by Crystal Lopez
"Barbara Jordan: Influencing the Hearts of a Region and a Nation," by Amit Mehta
"Eddie Bernice Johnson: 'The Black Caucus Whip'," by Rosario Mendez
"Hendrick Arnold," by Sara Paz
"Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon," by Erin Porter
"Ora Williams: Strength of a Survivor," by Amber Ramirez
"Gracious Texans," by Steven Rodriguez
"From Slavery to Equality," by Zachary Stenzler
"African-Americans in Texas: Bob Ray Sanders," by Natalie Tennison
"History in the Making," by Veronica Turner
"James Mardis: The Eloquence of Community," by James Sulak
"Greater Ideal Baptist Church: Reaching Out to Create Harmony," by Heidi Toomsalu
"Jacob Fontaine," by Jenny B. Wells

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2001

3G143 [SRH1230016039] "African-American Settlements (Neighborhood)," by Tiffani D. Beck
"A Few Good Man and an Unknown Legacy," by Jordan Claus
"Frontiers in History: The Heman Sweatt Story," by Janis Cooper
"It takes a Church," by Erin Evans
"Otis Hopkins: Community Leader in El Paso," by Armida Giselle Flores
"The Freedman's Bureau," by Earl Lee Gants III
"The Steps that Complete a Journey," by Jason Garcia
"Ruby Morris: Modern Day Brave," James Hershberger
"Barbara Jordan: The Past that Made a Difference for Our Future," by Synthia Hickman
"James Farmer and the American Civil Rights Movement," by Daniel Holman
"Texas and Its Destiny," by Heather Junod
"Mamie Williams: An Influence without End," by Kristin Kalich
"Helen Price: Lessons Learned from Teaching," by Kimberly Lange
"Texas' Buffalo Soldiers," by Graham Lasseter
"The Influence of African-Americans in South Texas," by Whitney A. McCarthy
"A Lifetime of Achievement: Barbara Jordan," by Ashley Manning
"John Biggers: An Artist to Remember," by Jessica Martinez
"A Walk in the Clouds: The Success of African-Americans in Houston's Fifth Ward," by Alfonso Morales, Jr.
"Fight for a New Republic," by Ami Patel
"Heman Marion Sweatt: Struggle for Equality in Education," by Ranita Patel
"Frontier to Equality: The Civil Rights Act of 1964," by Mary Pilson
"Tanglewood Forest, An Experiment in Diversity," by Joe Pollard
"Maggie Cornelius: Portrait of Perfection," by Stephanie Scott
"Saluting Fort Worth's Black Pilots of World War II," by Cicily l. Smith
"It Can be Done," by Zachary Stenzler
"Mrs. Joyce Ann Brown," by Rachel Thompson
"The African-American in Texas: Past and Present," by Nicole Marie Vance

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2002

3G143 [SRH1230016039] "Black Art," by Lillian Barry
"Matthew Gaines: Man with a Vision," by Rachel Berry
"Archie Lee Price: Father, Minister, and Teacher," by Shomari Black
"Brothers in Harmony: The Influence of Afro-Cuban Music in South Texas," by Jordan Claus
"James Farmer: Visionary Texan," by Jessica Coburn
"The Most Significant Male Role Model in my Community, Senator Royce West," by Ashley Deshay Cooper
"A Path to Equality," by Laura Nicole Cummings
"David Robinson: Not Just an NBA Star," by Janell Davila
"A Place to Call Home," by Erin Evans
"An Ill-Fitting Monument: The Tribute to William Jones," by Maggie Galbraith
"Bessie Coleman: A High Flying Legacy," by Jameslon Knowles
"Parthenia Archer: Profile of an African-American Educator," by Whitney A. McCarthy
"The Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers: Protectors of Fort Davis," by Barbara McNealy
"Whitney M. Young and the Dallas Urban League," by Vanessa Mendez
"Primary Colors: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon's Fight to Eliminate the White Primary," by Stacey Moore
"In Unity, Strength," by Patrick Nance
"From Texas Dust to Ivy Leagues," by Mary Pilson
"The Integration of Wichita Falls Public High Schools, by Tiffaney Robinson
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Heroism without Recognition," by Gerald Roebuck, II
"Civil Rights Act of 1964," by Austin Sears
"The History of the Clarksville Neighborhood of Austin, Texas," by Matthew Sibley
"Midnight Train to Georgia: the Journey of the African-American Railroad Sleeping Car Employees" by Cicily L. Smith
"Justice at Last: Clearing the Name of Henry D. Flipper," by Jessica Smith
"The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Fort Worth African American Community: Past and Present," by Brittany J. Steward
"Robert Lewis Gilbert: First in Line," by Charlandria L. Stewart
"Queen Bess: Defying the Odds," by Abby Turner

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2003

3G223 [SRH1230016058] "African Americans That Made a Difference," by Carlos Alonzo
"Happy Hill Farm Academy," by Laura Barber
"The Modern Day Moses," by Nicole Barnett
"'Making Something From Nothing'--the Life and Works of Felix 'Fox' Harris," by Elizabeth Chapman
"Bishop T.D. Jakes a Great African American," by Gerald Davis III
"The Dallas Bluesmen," by Pannel Egboh
"Influence Beyond This World," by Adriane Falk
"It Takes Two: the Lives of Service of James and Robbyne Hocker Fuller," by Jashe Fuller
"Berle Handcox: Much More Than a Man," by Jordan Handcox
"La Lucha Negra…The African American Legacy of the San Antonio Area," by Courtney Harris
"A Love for This Nation," by Alicia Harvard
"The Minister of Diversity: the Voice of Cecil Williams," by Mark Hershberger
"Courage in the Face of Segregation: the Story of Mittie Pullam," by Whitney McCarthy
"The Tyler Rose," by Kimberly Melton
"Heman Marion Sweatt: The Man, The Fight, The Legacy," by Somala Muhammed
"Volma Oyerton: How One Man's Spine Stiffened Those of Others," by Meredith Mullins
"African-American Cowboys in Texas: Their Struggle Through Weather, Duty, and Prejudice," by Megan Rhoads
"Two Tall Texans: A Legacy of Protest and Service," by Christina Rodriguez
"Claude Black: A Man of Leadership, Integrity, and Character," by Danetta Simpson
"A Class Action: L. Clifford Davis and the Integration Crisis of Mansfield High," by Cicily Smith
"Philanthropy in Black Enterprise: Dallas' Comer Cottrell Leads the Way for Higher Education," by Whitney Teal
"Kenneth Kemp a.k.a. Superman," by Ashton Thurston
"Without Heart, There Is No Home," by Dinh Vuong
"Taking Credit for Our Past: the Burning of Bragg Williams," by Dusty Wood

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2004

3G223 [SRH1230016058] "Encountering the Reality of War on Two Fronts: Exploring Racial Discrimination and Segregation During the Vietnam War," by Aida Balcha
"More Than A Cup of Coffee," by Ashley Boaz
"The African American in Texas: Judge L. Clifford Davis," by Deborah Boone
"The Evolution of the Texas Education System," by Adam Castaneda
"The Lengthened Shadow of One Man: The Price Family's Commitment to their Community from Generation to Generation," by Elizabeth Chapman
"The Multicultural Realm of Education," by Ashley Gaston
"The African American in Texas: Past and Present," Texas Southern University, by Roshonda Gibbs
"Major Morris Shepherd: A Mentor," by Diana N. Gonzalez
"Contributions of the African-American Community," by Derek Green
"Fifty Years After Brown v. Board of Education: Rev. William A. Lawson's View That Segregation is Alive and Well in Houston's Public Schools," by Lucia Elizabeth Guillory
"The Closing of Carver Junior-Senior High School: The End of a Way of Life," by Elise Hilgemeier
"The Brown v. Board of Education Decision Fifty Years Later: Exchanging Equality for Unity; Exploring New Ways to Achieve Racial Unity," by Todd Holt
"Brown v. Topeka Board of Education and the Desegregation of Midland Schools," by Jennifer Kreuz
"Dr. Viola Coleman: The Barbara Jordan of West Texas," by Stephanie Krol
"The Life of a Living Legend," by Christopher McCoy
"Music of a Lifetime," by Mercedes McIntosh
"Juneteenth: Our Celebration of Freedom," by Brian Murray
"Thurgood Marshall: A Revolution of His Own," by Alicea Parker
"Forgotten Pioneers of Desegregation," by Amelia Popham
"Education Reformation," by Erica Tello
"Black Suffrage and Texas Politics," by Sherry Michelle Thomas
"Heman Sweatt: The Human Bulldozer," by Ashton Thurston
"Hendrick Arnold: Great Hero of the Past and Present," by Adriana Villarreal
"How Tyler Independent School District Stayed Segregated Until 16 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, And Its Repercussions," by Anthony Chris Williams
"Integration of a Little Town," by Kara Wren

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2005

3G113 [SRH1230016014] Invitation, event schedule, list of regional winners
Essays of regional winners
3G113 [SRH1230016014] "The Effects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965" by Austin Bullock
"Texas Black Seminoles Past, Present and Future" by Matthew Chatman
"Past Struggles for a Strong Future: The African American Female in Texas" by Collier Dallas
"Consent of the Governed" by Marie Diamond
"Not Another Strike Out" by Crystal Donahue
"The African American in Texas: Past and Present" by Megan DuBois
"The Civil Rights Leaders in Galveston" by Samantha Elliff
"A Tribute to the Titanic Quest for Freedom by One Exemplary African American Texan" by Mark Fisher
"Scott Joplin" by Heath Gardenhire
"John Brewer: Father of Black Texas History" by Jeremy Henschen
"Express – What Words Can Only Symbolize" by Jessica Hernandez
"Voting Rights Act of 1965" by Trista Hines
"A Man of Dedication: Matthew Gaines" by Andre Huynh
"'And their works do follow them' Jackson v. McDonald: The Landmark Decision that Forever Changed Lamar University" by Christopher Jackson
"African Americans in Texas: Past and Present" by Darren Jackson
"Modest and Quiet Firsts" by Jamie King
"Influence of an Artist: An Essay on John Thomas Biggers" by Chelsey LeBlanc
"Guilty of Being Black: The Tulia, Texas Drug Bust" by Porsche McIntosh
"The Impact of African Americans in Texas" by Sir Norman Melancon
"The African American in Texas: Past and Present" by Christa Price
"The Cowboy: A Texan and African-American Tradition" by Vanessa Reynolds
"Mickey Leland: Above the Average Civil Rights Activist" by Justin Simbulan
"The Fight for Equality" by Natalie Swanner
"Best in the Medical Field" by Sherry Thomas
"In Pursuit of Excellence" by Ashton Thurston
"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 in West Texas" by Vincent Tran
"Heman Marion Sweatt – The Man who Paved the Way for Others" by Liska Vallejo
"The Role of the Buffalo Soldier in Settling and Protecting Texas" by Kristin Woods
"He who worked to put library cards into the hands of others: The First African American Mayor of Houston" by Stern Yeh

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of regional winners, 2005-2006

3G113 [SRH1230016014] "Small-Town Hero" by Allyssa Boatright
"Power in Music" by Jose Carranco
"Home Cookin': The Texas Perspective on School Desegregation" by Marie Diamond
"Artememisa Bowden: A World of Difference" by Audrey Fischer
"Through Sweatt & Toil" by Will Harpham
"Through Triumphs and Struggles: A Man Who Made a Difference" by Morgan Hopson
"Rev. Claude Black: Our Civil Rights Leader" by Jessica Kemp
"Doris Miller: A Past and Present Symbol of the Allegiance of Black America to the United States of America" by Stephanie Catherine Krol
"The African American of Texas" by Patrick Lewis
"The Impact of the Church on the Black Community" by Allison McDonald
"Two of a Kind: An African American Impact on Memphis, Texas, Schools" by Porsche McIntosh
"21st Century Renaissance Woman" by Rachelle Molina
"Karen McAfee: Influential Past and Present" by Jeehyun Park
"Azie Taylor Morton's Dynamic Journey" by Kathryn Popham
"The Black Resurrector" by Ahmad Qamar
"The Fight for the Right to Fight: The Black Struggle for Equality in the Military Tradition of Texas and the Greater United States" by Britta Redwood
"Mr. Harold Abney: A Community Builder" by Daniel Sanders
"Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee: A Brave Woman" by Nazanin Salehi
"A Legacy of Sacrifice" by Ariel P. Smith
"Up from Slavery: Elzie D. Odom and the Shankleville Story" by Jordan Wade Smith
"Bose Ikard: An Argument for Historical Inclusion of Texas Black Cowboys" by LeDarius Wiggins
"Marcella Young – Let Me Teach" by Whitney Price
"Alexander Gentry: A Man of His Time" by Katie Neal

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2006-2007

3G113 [SRH1230016014] Awards Ceremony program, April 27, 2007
Essays of regional winners
3G113 [SRH1230016014] "Sweatt v. Painter: 'The door has been opened. It's up to you to walk through.'" by Zanyace Q. Aguinaga
"Through Another's Eyes I Will See" by Jasmin Ali
"Barbara Jordan – Bionic Woman" by Amanda Ambrose
"Tasby v. Estes: The Battle for Desegregation in Dallas Schools" by Ben Bell
"Lola Stephens: Defender of Justice, Blessing to the Homeless, Angel to All" by Paige Cline
"Carvin Miles – A Texan's Service to His Country, Church, and Community" by Brittany Duncan
"African Americans and the Astrodome: Past & Present" by Chloe P. Griffen
"Bill Simpson's Crusade for Desegregation" by Sarah Hall
"White Man's World, Black Man's War" by Heather A. Herron
"Clifton Griffin: A Pioneer for Literacy" by Beverley Anne Hope
"Matthew Gaines: Unsung Hero of the Senate" by Jennifer Klein
"Bessie Coleman: Taking Flight" by Liz Livingston
"Then and Now: Racism and Population in Texas Cities" by Brianna Losoya
"A Fight for Rights" by Alexandra McBryant
"The Waco Horror and Breakthrough" by Pauline Marie Matthews
"Slaves in the Union: The African American Struggle in the Civil War" by Daniel Navas
"Matthew Gaines: A New Hope against the Passage of Time" by Stacy Nguy
"Jack Johnson: The Legacy" by Javier Palomares
"Life of Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)" by Christopher Scott
"Good Ol' Melodies: African American Music Over the Years" by Hannah Triño
"Looking Back. Looking Forward. Looking Inside.: Reflections of the Impact of African Americans Leaders on San Antonio" by Nicholas Randolph Vance
"Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities" by Simone White
"Home on the Range: The African-American Experience in Postbellum West Texas" by Stephanie Wright

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2008

3G115 [SRH1230016016] "One Night with the King: The Life of Dr. Vada Phillips Felder including Her Arrangement of MLK's Historic Visit," by Cameron Maurice Smith
"African American Teenagers: Struggles with Racism in Schools (Then and Now)," by Alana Collinsworth
"A Burning Desire," by Brittney Moseley
"True Beauty," by Amber McDonald
"The Admiral," by Joseph Anderson
"Invincible: The Story of a Twenty-three Year Old Hero," by Scott Slaughter
"A Start Without a Finish," by Amanda Scott
"I Am An Artist, Activist, and Radical Politician," by Garrett Vernon
"In the Eyes of God," by Dustin Upchurch
"More Than Winning the Crown: Brittney Dimes," by Laura Febbo
"Soaring Over Prejudice," by Amanda Ambrose
"The Right Hook on Life," by Cortney Bramlett
"John Mason Brewer: 'Respect Our Past,'" by Jessica Tuomala
"A Women's Mission," by Kacie Garner
"A Leopard? A Ram? A Longhorn? Oh My!" by Courtney Cantu
"Past and Present – Heman Sweatt," by Kyneshawau S. Hurd
" Space – The Final Frontier – Houston, We Are Coming In for a Landing," by Macklin Guy
"Wilhelmina Delco," by Kayla Hood
"The Last Great Bluesman – Pinetop Perkins," by Rachel Duran
"We Shall Overcome," by Allison Kristine Wallace
"Life Lessons from Mrs. Myrtle Crosby," by Rhonda McKenzie
"African Americans Influences on Education and Agriculture in Texas," by Zachry Stephen Karisch
"'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" A Negro Spiritual Remembered," by Jessica Dunn
"Black in the Saddle," by Krystal Rodenbeck
"The Heart of a Giant," by Tyler Hull
"A Voice to be Heard," by Maria Reyes
"Emily D. West! The Yellow Rose of Texas," by Stephanie Roberts
"Brave Bessie," by Kendall Shallue
"History Revealed: Lulu B. White and Texas Civil Rights," by Marissa Stewart
"Bessie Coleman: Great Daredevil Aviatrix," by Ashley DeGroot
"Defender of Texas, Hero to All," by Christine Langlois
"Everything is Everything," by Evan Molina
"The Magic of Jazz," by Brittany Weaver
"The Tyler Rose," by Zachary Ambrose
"Fighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival," by Chikodi Okoye
"Brave Queen Bess: Queen of Looped-the-Loops and Barrell-Rolls," by Chioma Okoye

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, 2009

3G115 [SRH1230016016] "Oblivious Past," by Alfonzo Paredes
"Barbara Jordan: A Texas Visionary, an American Hero," by Melanie Lipscomb
"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Life of Dr. Richard L. Price," by Grace O'Neale
"Dream Flight," by Crystal Chen
"Bobby 'Mercy' Oliver: The Texas Blues King," by Hillary Ragsdale
"The Pacemaker," by Chioma Okoye
"The Black Pearl," by Chikodi Okoye
"From Segregation to Inauguration: A Different World for the Tuskegee Airmen," by Cameron Maurice Smith
"Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon," by Rebecca Harrison
"John Mason Brewer: African American Folklore Pioneer," by Dakota Haines
"It's Not Easy Being Black and Blue," by Justin McGee
"Leader on the Track," by Vincent Popham
"Henry Ossian Flipper: Inspiring Strength in Times of Frailty," by Alex Armendariz
"Diligence and Hope: The Story of Viola Coleman," by Jennifer Klein
"George Foreman: A Past and Present African American Symbol," Michael Krol
"Eddie Bernice Johnson: Her Lifelong Journey to Make a Difference," by Morgan Hysinger
"The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee: An Activist," by Niki Roberts

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of Regional Winners, 2010

3G115 [SRH1230016016] "A Woman's Place is in the Dome: The Story of Lorraine Miller" by Cameron M. Smith
"Momma's Lemonade" by Jasmin Ali
"The Pleasant Hill Quitting Group: Stitching a Patchwork of Local Heritage" by Brittany Baggett
"Small Town, Big Achievements" by Amber Chambers
"Dunbar School System: Influences Past and Present" by Jacob Crawshaw
"Dr. Arcelia M. Johnson-Fannin: The First African-American Woman to Found Schools of Pharmacy" by Jaci DeLoach
"Henry Ossian Flipper: The First Black Graduate from West Point and Frontiersman" by Matt Fitzgerald
"Activist, Educator: The Story of Dr. Christine Benton Cash" by Nichole Green
"Resolved: Melvin B. Tolson" by Duncan Hall
"Progressor of the Impossible: A Bessie Coleman Story" by Katelyn Jackson
"The Ballad of Edward Pleasant, Baritone Extraordinaire" by James Kim
"Embarking on a Brighter Future" by Alfonzo Paredes
"A Small Town Girl Who Changed History" by Jessica Ortiz
"African Americans: A Contributing Race" by Jasmine Phillips
"Ponder the Possibilities" by Haley Rhodes
"Celebrating Life, Leadership, and Legacy" by Anthony Thurston
"History in the Making" by Chelsea Wisniske

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of Regional Winners, 2011

3G115 [SRH1230016016] "Breaking the Barriers" by Arzina Amin
"Bass Reeves: A True Western Hero" by Austin Chen
"Mr. Johnny Holmes and the Historic Victory Grill, African Americans in Texas: Past and Present, Giving the World Something to Talk About" by DeAsia Cormier
"Birth of Words: The Development of African American Literature" by Shelby L. Davis
"Do Mercy and Love Justice" by Tia Flowers
"Exploring the Importance of the New Farmers of America (NFA)" by Shay L. Gibbs
"From Sketches to Skyscrapers: The Live and Legacy of John Saunders Chase, the Architect of Texas" by Courtney Hoagland
"Music in Living Color: The Karen Walker McAfee Legacy" by Tim Howard
"It Takes a Village" by Shelbi Mitchell
"James F. Woods, Jr.: An Austin Enigma" by William James Purcell III

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of Regional Winners, 2012

3G115 [SRH1230016016] "Shepherd Mullens: The Start of Something New" by Nadajalah Bennett
"The Legendary Legacy of Henry Ossian Flipper" by Caroline Bricker
"Giving Back Through Public Service: The Life of Attorney David A. Talbot, Jr." by Roger Cain
"African Americans in Texas: Past and Present" by Ricquel Golding
"The Voice That Never Left: The Story of Barbara Smith Conrad" by Nichole Green
"A Journey of Hope: The Story of Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson" by Rachel Green
"In This Corner, Jack Johnson!" by Joseph Hall
"Estebanico's Tale: It All Begins with a Shipwreck" by Sergio Infante
"Breaking Barriers: The 1966 Texas Western Basketball Team" by Stephen Mangum
"I Know So Now" by Haley Rhodes
"Soaring into History: Elizabeth 'Bessie' Coleman" by Jody Settle
"Beyond the Call of Duty: Doris Miller" by Amy Woodhull

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2013

3H49 [SRH1230016675] "The Curtain That Never Closes: African Americans in Texas Theatre" by Kathleen Adams
"The Pilot Who Marked History" by Jasmine Aguilar
"Mathew 'Bones' Hooks" by Jessica Alls
"Ron Kirk Making African American History" by Courtney Busby
"Endless Beginnings" by Josephine Fernandez
"Let Freedom Ring: The Story of James L. Farmer, Jr." by Rachel Green
"Heman Marion Sweatt: Determination" by Princess Mora
"Bessie Coleman" by Kimberly Morton
"John James: The Story of Servant Leadership" by Pooja Patel
"Lauren Anderson: The Ballerina That Took the World By Storm" by Sara Ramones
"Frank J. Robinson and the Fight against Racial Gerrymandering in Deep East Texas" by Frederick Corey Roberts
"Project Row Houses" by Adam Rudd

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2014

3H49 [SRH1230016675] "The Hazelriggs – Saints of the Texas Panhandle" by Jessica Alls
"The Key to Any Door" by Joshua Anderson
"Bob Ray Sanders: Journalist, Historian, Cultural Preservationist" by Jezzabelle Bull-Briones
"The Art of History: Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses" by Desarae Carter
"Dr. Viola Coleman – Forever in Hearts and Minds" by Samiksha Deme
"A New Beginning" by Gabrielle Gafford
"The Destined Beginning" by Amit Heeraman
"John Mason Brewer: Preserving African American Texas Folklore for Future Generations" by Kelly Jennings
"Elizabeth 'Bessie' Coleman: Opening the Gates of Heaven" by Keely Martin
"Dr. Garry Souffrant: A Diamond from the Ashes" by Matthew Ringheanu
"African Americans in Texas: Past and Present" by Samuel Wing
"Barbara Yarbrough: Teaching the Leaders of the Future" by Cassidy Wray

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2015

2.325/C52b [SRH1230000553] "John James: Adversity" by Alan Bell
"Connie Smith: An Unsung Hero" by Courtney Calloway
"The Life of Barbara Yarbrough" by Vijay Dimri
"The Celebration of Diversity" by Kendall House
"The Effects of Silence on African Americans in Texas: Past and Present" by Shekhiynah Larks
"Beyond Teaching" by Regan Lawrence
"Bones, Brains, and Brawn...Mathew "Bones" Hooks: The Man Who Had It All" by Divya Pattahil
"Brenda Evans: Never Forget" by Maren Smith
"Todd Brown: A West Texas Food Truck Pioneer" by Hannah Tarabocchia
"John James" by Bryson Urquidez
"The Real Account of Doris 'Dorie' Miller" by Valeria Uvalle
"The Significance of John Biggers" by Allison Valdez

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2016

2.325/C52b [SRH1230000553] "117 Years Later: The Silence is Broken" by Angelica Cancel
"Bessie Coleman" by Kyler Finnell
"A Texas Legend" by Katrina Garcia
"A Bigger Change in Texas Through Art" by Christina Gonzalez
"From Nigeria to Texas: Dr. Akinyemi's Journey to Eradicate Infectious Disease" by Erika Hernandez
"Lulu Bele Madison White" by Anyssa Herrera
"John James, an Extraordinary Influence" by Ishita Neeraj
"An Influential Texan" by Cristina Patterson
"Two Centuries Strong" by Carolyn Plein
"The Man Who Refused to be Unheard" by Kimberly Stephens
"The Cultural Impact of Murray Fortner" by Bryson Urquidez
"Jules Bledsoe" by Owen Walker

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2017

2.325/C52b [SRH1230000553] "Heman Sweatt: Rising Above the Tribulations of Society" by Amber Booker, 2017
"George E. Smith – A Little-Known Legacy" by Robert Brown, 2017
"The Life, Work, and Legacy of Scott Joplin" by Trip Davis, 2017
"Alfred Caviel: Unexpected Impact" by Kennedy Earnest, 2017
"Robert Clayton Sanders: The Face of Texas Jazz Piano" by Miles Gillette-Bockhorn, 2017
"The Life and Legacy of Samuel Walker Houston" by Paige Hastings, 2017
"Of the People, For the People" by Alissa Kono, 2017
"Winning the Ballot" by Alyson Laskowski , 2017
"Making a Difference: No Sweat for Sweatt" by Averri LeMalle II, 2017
"Renaissance Woman of Texas" by Bailey Pettigrew, 2017
"The Devotion of Eddie Bernice Johnson" by Jaicee Saxon, 2017
"Vanessa Abron: The Personification of School Spirit" by Breana Wooten, 2017

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2017-2018

2.325/C52b [SRH1230000553] "Carter Walker Wesley's Crusade for Civil Rights" by Rylee Bailey, Kaufman High School, 2017-2018
"Avenues of Opportunity About Colin Allred" by Aaron Bonner, Kaufman High School, 2017-2018
"On Her Own Turf: Desireé Allen's Game-Changing Play" by Rachel Bramlett, Sulphur Springs High School, 2017-2018
"Out of the Shadows" by Kyla Carter, Stephenville High School, 2017-2018
"The Underdog" by Tessa Chambers, Mexia High School, 2017-2018
"Johnnie Armstead: Rediscovering Lost History" by Kennedy Earnest, Plains High School, 2017-2018
"Blessed: Mynder Kelly's Service to Others" by Annmarie Gunn, Sulphur Springs High School, 2017-2018
"George McShan: Proving 'Every Student Can Succeed'" by Erika Hernandez, Harlingen High School South, 2017-2018
"A Story of Houston" by Noah Key, Taylor High School, 2017-2018
"Among the First" by Emma Locke, Center High School, 2017-2018
"The War for Education: Prairie View A&M University" by Imelda Pacheco, Waller High School, 2017-2018
"U. Renee Hall: Defying the Status Quo" by Breana Wooten, Sulphur Springs High School, 2017-2018

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Essays of State Finalists, 2018-2019

4Ad29.1 [SRH1230003186] "Hidden Figure in the Fight: Tina Butler" by Jeremiah Baldwin, Flour Bluff High School, 2018-2019
"A Leader of Empowerment and Resilience" by Victoria Bell, Chapel Hill High School, 2018-2019
"Viola Coleman: Defying Expectations" by Madison Carter, Plains High School, 2018-2019
"Sheryl Swoopes: Rebounding from Hardships" by Carlie Hampton, Plains High School, 2018-2019
"One Small Fissure, One Thousand Shards of Glass" by Kayce Ivey, Kaufman High School, 2018-2019
"To Serve and to Protect" by Haley Jouett, Kaufman High School, 2018-2019
"Writing Beyond the Pages" by Spencer Keith, Kaufman High School, 2018-2019
"Texas Western College Breaks Race Barrier" by Reece Mayfield, Burleson Centennial High School, 2018-2019
"The Unknown Superman" by Kelsey Sheets, Sabine High School, 2018-2019
"Rowena Johnson: Forty-Nine Years of Wildcat Pride" by Sydney Washburn, Sulphur Springs High School, 2018-2019
"Lemon Jefferson: A Pivotal Figure" by Chloe Williams, Chapel Hill High School, 2018-2019
"Dr. Sheron Patterson: Called to Serve" by Breana Wooten, Sulphur Springs High School, 2018-2019