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Houston Public Media
HOUSTON – January 20, 2021 Houston Public Media (PBS and NPR for Greater Houston) is excited to announce a partnership with the Houston Defender Network to broadcast the State of BLACK TEXAS event Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. on News 88.7. The program gives insight into the state leaders’ plans for addressing legislative issues of interest to Black Texans such as COVID-19’s impact on health, jobs, businesses and education in addition to criminal justice and redistricting.
State of Black TEXAS is moderated by Defender Network CEO Sonny Messiah Jiles and features special guests Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, State Senator Royce West of Dallas, and State Senator Borris Miles of Houston.
“The State of BLACK TEXAS program reflects the collaboration of community, media, corporations, and lawmakers joining forces to better inform Black Texans while reinforcing accountability,” said Jiles. “This event offers a unique opportunity to zero in on issues that matter to the Black community. We thank our corporate and media sponsors and applaud the community partners for their involvement.”
The program is the third in a series of Defender Network live streams addressing issues important to the Black Texans.
“Houston Public Media is proud to partner with The Defender Network to expand the program’s reach from virtual platform to broadcast audience following the January 28 live event,” said Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media Associate Vice President and General Manager. “-Together we can raise awareness about the most critical issues facing the state of Texas.”
For more information on Black History Month programming, visit Houston Public Media.
About the Houston Defender Network
Defender Network is a part of the Houston Defender Media Group family. For over 85 years, The Defender has served as the leading source for Houston Black news and information providing local and national news, sports, entertainment, business, opinion, lifestyle and community events related to African-Americans.
About Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media is a service of the University of Houston and supported with financial gifts from the community. Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with trusted local news and entertainment, as well as national programming from NPR and PBS. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.6 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information.
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