Crossroads - January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Segment 1 - Houston City Councilman Dwight Boykins discusses the decision to change the name of Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue. Richard Dowling was a soldier in the Confederate Army. The street named in his honor is located in the heart of Third Ward, one of the city's oldest African American neighborhoods. Houston City Council will officially make the change on Juneteenth. Boykins also discusses economic development in the Third Ward and along Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Segment 2 - An interview with Leonard Pitts, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and nationally syndicated columnist. Pitts spoke one-on-one with Melanie Lawson about his views on race, culture, the Obamas legacy and the election of Donald Trump. Pitts' columns are carried by 250 newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle.

Segment 3 - Singers Tamar Davis and Greta Williams give details about a new musical experience called, "The Next Level Houston." It's a monthly musical event that showcases local music artists, as well as national artists. The idea is to inject energy into the live music scene in Houston. For more information, visit:

Segment 4 - A profile Shei'Londa Brooks, a Houston woman who risked her life to rescue a man in a burning vehicle. For her courage, Brooks was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Civilian Herorism. Brooks suffered burns in the rescue, but credits God for putting her in the right place at the right time.