Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
All credit for these articles go to
Susie Sansom-Piper and
the Rockdale Reporter
Black History month articles
Written by Susie Sansom-Piper and
published in the Rockdale Reporter
39th Black History Series set in February
The 39th consecutive Black History Month series, authored by former Rockdale teacher Susie Sansom Piper, will be published in February in The Reporter.
The series are published each February, which is Black History Month. Mrs. Piper said the 2016 series will wrap up “The Other Side of the Tracks,” an eight-year series focusing on Rockdale’s African-American neighborhood.
“This year I’m writing about both sides of the tracks,” Mrs. Piper said. Previously Mrs. Piper authored “Ebony Etchings,” sketches of local African-Americans, for 27 years.
Prior to that, she wrote a Black History Month series entitled “Just Folks” and “Way Back When.”
Mrs. Piper was a longtime teacher before her retirement and was the last principal of Aycock High School, Rockdale’s school for African-Americans, which closed in the mid-1960s.
A resident of Austin, she is a member of St. James Baptist Church, edits the church newsletter, is a musician for the church’s senior choir, has written numerous Black History Month plays and essays and poems.
She is the author of several books of prose and poetry and many historical articles.
Last August she was a featured speaker at the LBJ Library in Austin during its observance of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
She has also been invited to lecture at several locations in Austin during the past year for her unique knowledge of history and culture.