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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Collard greens, cream peas, jalapeno cornbread, tabouli
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Suriname, Ghana
Favorite Quote:
A People Without Knowledge Of Their History Is Like A Tree Without Roots.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1944
Birth Location:
Niagara Falls, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Collard greens, cream peas, jalapeno cornbread, tabouli
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Suriname, Ghana
Favorite Quote:
A People Without Knowledge Of Their History Is Like A Tree Without Roots.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1944
Birth Location:
Niagara Falls
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Biography

Entrepreneur Emma Rodgers was born on September 16, 1944 in Niagara Falls, New York. Rodgers completed her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in 1966.

In 1977, Rodgers co-founded a mail order business for books, which eventually became the retail store, Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas. Rodgers’ support for African American authors, in association with Black Images Book Bazaar, brought commercial success and critical acclaim to numerous authors, including J. California Cooper, Edward P. Jones, E. Lynn Harris, and Edward Ball. In 1995, Rodgers founded Romance Slam Jam, an African American book genre conference event. The following year, Rodgers was selected as a member of the U.S. Information Agency Corridors of Culture team, which presented works at the “Muse to Marketplace” symposium in Accra, Ghana, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. In 2005, she organized and led a trip to Ghana for students from ROPP, Inc., an enrichment program for teenage girls. Black Images Book Bazaar closed its doors in 2006. However, Rodgers continued to hold book signings for established and upcoming authors. Since 2007, she served four terms on the Dallas City Planning and Zoning Commission.

Rodgers was an active participant in her community and has been involved with numerous organizations. She served as a board member for TeCoTheatrical Productions, and during the summers, Rodgers taught classes at the annual day camp. She was also the director for the Dallas Civil Rights Center, and served as a board member for Quuenhyte Publishers, and as a member of the advisory board for the Black Writer’s Alliance. She also facilitated a monthly book club and served as a publicist for the annual Irma P. Hall Theater Arts Festival.

She was the recipient of many awards and honors for her service to the community. In 2003, the Emma Award, which honored excellence in romance-action literature, was named in her honor. She was also the recipient of the Wordspace Award for Outstanding Support of Literature in 2004 and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Golden Soror of the Year in 2016. The Emma Rodgers Learning Laboratory was dedicated at Bishop Arts Theater in 2009.

Emma Rodgers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 13, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Emma Rodgers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Emma Rodgers describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Emma Rodgers talks about her mother's early years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Emma Rodgers describes her mother's move to Niagara Falls, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Emma Rodgers describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Emma Rodgers talks about her mother and stepfather's marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Emma Rodgers describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Emma Rodgers talks about moving between Texas and New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Emma Rodgers remembers her experiences in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Emma Rodgers remembers celebrating Juneteenth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Emma Rodgers talks about the history of the Underground Railroad in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Emma Rodgers remembers her early schooling in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Emma Rodgers describes her experiences at Piney Point Elementary School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Emma Rodgers reflects upon her childhood in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers remembers attending Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Emma Rodgers recalls her experiences at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Emma Rodgers talks about her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Emma Rodgers remembers attending Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Emma Rodgers recalls working on Lyndon Baines Johnson's campaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Emma Rodgers talks about her influences at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Emma Rodgers recalls her experiences as an early education teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Emma Rodgers talks about meeting her business partner, Ashira Tosihwe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Emma Rodgers recalls opening Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Emma Rodgers talks about working with various publishers in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers remembers authors carried by Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Emma Rodgers remembers authors carried by Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Emma Rodgers talks about the interest in black books during the 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Emma Rodgers reflects on gender in black literature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Emma Rodgers talks about children and young adult literature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Emma Rodgers describes the environment of Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Emma Rodgers remembers hosting author Connie Briscoe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Emma Rodgers recalls working with W. Paul Coates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Emma Rodgers talks about the process of bringing authors to her store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Emma Rodgers describes the Rites of Passage Program for Girls, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Emma Rodgers describes the Rites of Passage Program for Girls, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers talks about The Third Eye and Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Emma Rodgers describes TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Emma Rodgers talks about book clubs in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Emma Rodgers reflects upon readership within black communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Emma Rodgers talks about her favorite authors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Emma Rodgers remembers actress Irma P. Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Emma Rodgers describes the Romance Slam Jam festival
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Emma Rodgers reflects upon the closing of Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Emma Rodgers talks about the role of Black Images Book Bazaar in the community of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers reflects upon the loss of independent black bookstores
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Emma Rodgers remembers her experiences on the City Plan Commission of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Emma Rodgers talks about the Emma Rodgers Learning Laboratory in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Emma Rodgers remembers author Francis Ray
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Emma Rodgers talks about the Dallas Civil Rights Museum in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Emma Rodgers reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Emma Rodgers describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Emma Rodgers talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Emma Rodgers describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Emma Rodgers narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Emma Rodgers narrates her photographs, pt. 2