Summer 2021


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  1. Sadly, this has been the case so often with Blacks and other people of color. However, it is important that these stories are uncovered and the truth be told. Thank you Brandon for bringing this ugly part of U.S. History to light. Sometimes it causes one to wonder how much has changed when we think of Sandra Bland, Michael, Breona Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice and many others.

    David Phillips, New York City

  2. The author served as a bright light that shine on the significance of Fred Rouse’s story. After reading this piece, I felt a gamut of emotions. Being a black male, you automatically see yourself as Fred Rouse and internalize the pain. It is tough to hold that weight especially when there is a modern-day continuation of the evil under current that existed back then. However, my emotional pendulum swings towards hope and hangs there because of the wonderful work that DNAWORKS is doing to jump start the healing process. It is so cool to see how the community is supporting the movement and the message. One major takeaway that I will hold is the fact that Fred Rouse sacrificed his life despite the civil unrest, work conditions, and hatred towards him in effort to provide for his family. It reinforces the undeniable strength that we can tap into and how that strength has the potential to cascade across generations to come. Thank you, Brandon, DNAWORKS, and all the contributors for bringing Fred Rouse’s story to life. Thank you Fred Rouse for living your life in such a way that impacts us almost 100 years later!

  3. I don’t often read TCU Magazine cover to cover, but this story was riveting and illuminating. I applaud Adam McKinney’s work, the community working alongside him, and TCU Magazine for the feature storytelling, which was so well done. Bringing buried history to light and asking hard questions about our role in the present times make me hopeful for TCU’s and Fort Worth’s future. Keep up this important work.

  4. As a Fort Worth native and graduate of TCU, it’s gratifying to see that TCU, with its own historical challenges around issues of race, has joined in the progressive movement to bring to light parts of our local history that don’t fit the narrative of rich Southern traditions and colorful folklore. Those who oppose “critical race theory” would rather that truths like these be omitted from history curricula. Somewhere in civil discourse, the basic concept of teaching ALL our history gets lost in the misrepresentation and distortion of the term. The famous quote by George Santayana continues to ring true– “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The key principle is that we will only make progress as we remember and learn from the errors of our past. I applaud the efforts of all involved in this project to bring more stories like these to light.

    Mervil Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas

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