A Melissa teacher traveled to Austin to participate in a one-day workshop focused on the literature and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Rory Payne, who teaches English at Melissa High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying authors and artists such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Miguel Covarrubias.

The workshop also assessed the Harlem Renaissance as a whole, targeting specific teaching methods that will be useful in teaching students about this important period in American history.

During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources and develop effective strategies for classroom instruction. Faculty members included Cary D. Wintz of Texas Southern University and Brian A. Bremen, Shirley E. Thompson and Jennifer M. Wilks, all of The University of Texas at Austin.

The workshop was made possible with support from the State of Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.