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Nancy Griesinger


At least this is what my son, Paul, thought when he was 4-years-old.  Well, most of the Blacks he knew had Ph. D.’s.  Paul was born in 1997 when I was a graduate student at Rice University.  In 2002, I was the first Black to receive a Ph. D. in statistics from Rice University.  After graduate school, I started my career as a statistics professor.  I am now both a professor and business owner.  Because of my career, I was contacted by Julieanna Richardson of the HistoryMakers for an interview.


The HistoryMakers

The HistoryMakers is an organization devoted to preserving and recording oral histories of African Americans.  These recordings include my category, ScienceMakers, as well as ArtMakers, BusinessMakers, PoliticalMakers, and much more.  Over the years, interview participants have included history makers such as President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and much more.



The Houston History Makers

Houston, Texas has many history makers.   We were all invited to the taping of “A Night with Sylvester Turner, In Salute to Houston HistoryMakers.”  This show aired on KUHT on Tuesday, February 7th.  It is also scheduled to air again tonight at 11:00 pm.  The final airing will be on Sunday, February 12th at 10:00 am.


A Must See!!!

Here is an email I received from Julieanna Richardson, the founder of HistoryMakers:


A Night With Mayor Sylvester Turner, In Salute To Houston HistoryMakers is a one-on-one interview with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, hosted by ChaseSource CEO Anthony Chase. Taped at the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium at the historic Texas Southern University, A Night With Mayor Sylvester Turner explores the life and career of Mayor Turner – from his birth in the Acres Farms neighborhood, to his education at the University of Houston and eventually Harvard Law School, to his law career and storied tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, and his bids for Houston’s mayoralty in 1991, 2003, and triumphantly in 2015. In addition to recognizing Mayor Turner’s own life and accomplishments, A Night With Mayor Sylvester Turner features clips and commentary from many of the forty other HistoryMakers that have been interviewed in Houston, including: Texas Southern University Provost Bobby L. Wilson, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. L. Natalie Carroll, astronaut Dr. Robert L. Satcher, Jr., former Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority International President Mattelia B. Grays, Attorney Anthony Hall, Jr., former NBA star David Lattin, and many others.  

I would love to hear from you regarding how you enjoyed the show!





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