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Emma E. Houston

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pie (Pecan)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
How Bad Can It Be When You Have God?

Birthplace

Born:
2/18/1956
Birth Location:
Navasota, Texas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pie (Pecan)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
How Bad Can It Be When You Have God?

Birthplace

Born:
2/18/1956
Birth Location:
Navasota
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Biography

Emma Elizabeth Roberson Houston was born on February 18, 1956 in Navasota, Texas to Ida and Norman Roberson. Houston attended Dallas’ Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School and Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School before moving with her family to Houston, Texas and graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School. Later, she earned her B.S. degree in business management from the University of Phoenix at Utah.

Houston has performed civic work in Salt Lake City, Utah for almost twenty years. In 1989, she was hired by the Girl Scouts of Utah and served as the director of membership until 1993. She eventually became the organization’s sales specialist, instilling entrepreneurial values in high school age girls through training and leadership workshops. Houston then served as the director of girl services and provided supervision, support, training and direction to staff members and volunteers. She went on to work for Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School as the diversity coordinator and at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, Houston served her hometown by helping to keep the Olympic Village secure.

Houston was hired by Salt Lake County Aging Services in 2002 as center supervisor and later became the organization’s assistant program manager and the first in the State of Utah to facilitate a Senior Center receiving National Accreditation. Through her work, Houston helped to foster independence for the elderly by providing community-based services, in-home services and volunteer opportunities.

Houston, a breast cancer survivor, serves as a member of several institutions including the League of Black Women, the Salt Lake County Housing Authority, the Utah Gerontological Society and the Utah Commission on Women and Families. Houston has also served as the chair of the Governor’s Office of Black Affairs and corresponding secretary for the NAACP.

Houston was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 16, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Emma E. Houston's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Emma E. Houston lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Emma E. Houston talks about her maternal great-grandmothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Emma E. Houston describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Emma E. Houston talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Emma E. Houston describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Emma E. Houston remembers her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Emma E. Houston talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Emma E. Houston recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Emma E. Houston describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Emma E. Houston describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Emma E. Houston remembers her neighborhood in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Emma E. Houston describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Emma E. Houston recalls her early activities at church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Emma E. Houston remembers the television programs of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Emma E. Houston describes her early interest in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Emma E. Houston talks about her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Emma E. Houston describes her experiences of school integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Emma E. Houston recalls her activities at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Emma E. Houston remembers moving during her senior year of high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Emma E. Houston talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Emma E. Houston remembers moving from Florida to Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Emma E. Houston reflects upon the importance of African American history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Emma E. Houston describes her community in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Emma E. Houston recalls founding an all-black Girl Scout troop in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Emma E. Houston describes her career with the Girl Scouts of Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Emma E. Houston remembers the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Emma E. Houston describes her work as a school diversity coordinator, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Emma E. Houston describes her work as a school diversity coordinator, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Emma E. Houston describes her early career at the Salt Lake County Aging Services
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Emma E. Houston remembers her breast cancer diagnosis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Emma E. Houston describes her experience of cancer treatment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Emma E. Houston reflects upon her experience of breast cancer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Emma E. Houston reflects upon her experience of breast cancer, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Emma E. Houston describes her work for the Salt Lake County Aging Services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Emma E. Houston talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Emma E. Houston describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Emma E. Houston reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Emma E. Houston reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Emma E. Houston describes her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Emma E. Houston recalls her siblings' fiftieth birthday celebrations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Emma E. Houston describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Emma E. Houston narrates her photographs