High Noon Talk: No Color is My Kind

Onsite & Online Program

June 1, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Listen to an important Texas Civil Rights history which was almost lost to time and mental illness.

Event Details

Dr. Thomas R. Cole will speak about his book No Color is My Kind. The work focuses on Elderwey Stearns, a civil rights leader and lawyer in Houston’s desegregation movement. This remarkable and important history, however, was nearly lost to bipolar affective disorder. Stearns was a fifty-two-year-old patient in a Galveston psychiatric hospital when Thomas Cole first met him in 1984. Over the course of a decade, Cole and Stearns slowly recovered the details of Stearns’s life, writing a story that is essential to Texas history and more relevant today than ever.

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High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

Program is FREE to the public.

This program is available as an on-demand recording for CPE credit. To get access to the link and a certificate email Education@thestoryoftexas.com.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Thomas R. Cole is the McGovern Chair and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is the author of several books, including The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, Old Man Country: My Search for Meaning Among the Elders.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Zoom Information

This online program has automated closed captioning.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Banner image courtesy University of Houston Libraries

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal ARP Act.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.

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