Facing Race & Religion
Date(s) - Monday, September 29, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Michael Phillips is a scholar of Texas race relations and the author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, which chronicles white domination of Dallas, Texas, during the first 150 years of its history. Phillips grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After an award-winning career as a reporter and columnist for the University of Texas at Arlington student newspaper, “The Shorthorn,” Phillips received a journalism degree in 1983.
From 1984 to 1990, he wrote for the “Fort Worth Star-Telegram,” starting at its Arlington affiliate, “The Arlington Citizen-Journal.” Phillips graduated with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His dissertation, “The Fire This Time: The Battle Over Racial, Regional and Religious Identities in Dallas, Texas, 1860-1990,” won the University of Texas’ Outstanding Dissertation Award. Phillips’ first book, “White Metropolis,”published by the University of Texas Press in January 2006, represents an update of his dissertation. White Metropolis won the Texas Historical Commission’s 2007 T.R. Fehrenbach Award for best book on Texas history.
Michael Phillips worked as a researcher at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin. He began teaching at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas in 2007.
“White Metropolis” received a number of positive reviews, including from the “Dallas Morning News,” “D Magazine,” the “Journal of Southern Religion,” the “Southwestern Historical Quarterly,” “Legacies” and the “East Texas Historical Journal.” Phillips’s second book, “The House Will Come ToOrder: How The Texas Speaker Became A Power in State and National Politics,” was published by the University of Texas Press in 2010. It was co-written with Dr. Patrick Cox (author of “Ralph Yarborough: The People’s Senator.”) Phillips is currently collaborating with his longtime Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter and editor Betsy Friauf on a history of the black philosophy of education in Texas called “God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals, They World They Lived In, and the World They Made.”