By: Bobby E. Mills, PhD

In 1973, TSU (Texas Southern University) was granted a “Special Purpose Institutional Designation” by the Texas Legislature for urban programming. This legislative designation afforded TSU avenues and resource acquisition opportunities for creative community development.

However, in 2022 TSU itself has invariably become a “A Special Case”, from a Policy oversight administrative prospective. Sadly, TSU is missing the mark of the high calling that was in Jesus Christ to love and serve others. TSU is surrounded by public school failures and educational chaos at both the elementary and high school levels. Yet, TSU has not been able to academically farm a new generation of first-class college ready students. Shameful! The question is why?

Chaos comes from miseducation (ref: Carter G. Woodson) and misinformation. Thus, TSU has become a “Special Case” without a visionary leadership perspective and community-development purposes. TSU must be about community institution building, and not just becoming a “paycheck-system” which is not an enduring purpose. Moreover, TSU must establish a more profound working relationship with HISD and its College of Education to provide a quality education at every level. Taxpayers must insist on a higher level of thinking, quality, and administrative management from TSU. The purpose of this editorial is not too run-down nor talk-down TSU, but to inspire “Excellence in Achievement” at TSU.

Recently, a news announcement appeared in the Houston Chronicle concerning a partnership program agreement between TSU’s Airway Science Program and United Airlines. There is a projected nationwide shortage of at least (120,000) airline pilots over the next 20 years. United Airlines on March 9, 2022, announced a 100,000-dollar partnership grant to TSU’s Airway Science Program for scholarship support for students in the Aviation and Technology Programs. What was puzzling about the high-profile announcement was the fact that of the three students initially shown with the Director of the Aviation Program none were Black. Although, later in the story the President is shown in a high profile embrace of a Black male student.

TSU is near three major High Schools: Jack Yates, Worthing, and Ross Sterling also known as Ross-Sterling Aviation High School, and Ross-Sterling has a viable functioning Aviation Program directed by Ms. Merrill Jones. Additionally, Ross-Sterling High School also has a working partnership and internship program with United Airlines at Bush Intercontinental. Out of curiosity, The Afro-American News wanted to know if TSU had a formalized structural pathway with Ross-Sterling for college admissions to its Airway Science Program. To our utter surprise the answer was NO. Even though, from time-to-time, Ms. Jones stated that TSU and Ross-Sterling interface with each other informally on special events, but there is no formalized structural pathway for college admissions.

Let’s hope that common-sense prevails, and that TSU will rethink its institution building community development strategies to begin to academically farm a new generation of college ready students, especially Black students. Flying airplanes is not rocket science, but it does take self-discipline, a high level of thinking, and the ability to think and function under pressure in order to develop a proficient/efficient pilot. Let’s pray that TSU becomes more disciplined in its public relations presentations. Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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