Debbie Z. Harwell

Faces of Houston Activism

Debbie Z. Harwell received her Ph.D. in Modern U.S. History from the University of Houston where she has served as the managing editor of Houston History magazine since 2009. A native Houstonian, she incorporates personal knowledge with historical research writing for the magazine and training the staff. Since 2012, she has taught a Houston History class in the Honors College at the University of Houston in which her students conduct oral histories, create short films, and write articles for the magazine. Debbie has also published her research on women’s activism during the civil rights movement in the Journal of Southern History and her book “Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964.” She currently serves on the board of HHA.

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