UTA In The News — Monday, June 20, 2022

Monday, Jun 20, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Juneteenth

A piece in the Washington Post explains that even after Juneteenth, many Black people in Texas remained enslaved. W. Marvin Delaney, retired UTA historian and president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, said that Texas was a refuge for slaveowners from states the U.S. Army had not yet reached during the Civil War.

Bear Market

The S&P 500 has fallen 21% below its most recent market high, a milestone marking a bear market, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Salil Sarkar, UTA finance professor, said a bear market is when a market drops at least 20% compared to its recent high.

Center Renovation

A Fort Worth-based coalition has received $3 million in federal funding to turn a former Ku Klux Klan meeting hall into an art and racial healing center, Bloomberg reports. Rather than a renovation, Kathryn Holliday, professor of architectural history and director of the David Dillion Center for Texas Architecture at UTA, has promoted the idea of a new park commemorating Black leadership.

Texas Black Invitational Rodeo

KRLD previewed the annual Texas Black Invitational Rodeo, which took place this past weekend. W. Marvin Delaney, retired chair of African American Studies at UTA and current deputy director of the African American Museum of Dallas, said about 40% of cowboys in the West were African American during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Snake Season

A UTA herpetologist is raising awareness and appreciation for Texas snakes, India Engineering News reports. Greg Pandelis, curator of UTA’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, says there are about 68 species of snakes in Texas and they are integral to natural environments around the world.