Her parents were Rev. Her father was influential in the American Baptist Home Missionary Society and traveled throughout the country establishing Baptist congregations in areas inhabited by poor Black rural dwellers. During these times Houston lived in numerous states on the Eastern Seaboard, in the South, the Northeast and finally the Midwest in Oklahoma. Houston and was one of ten siblings, only five of whom lived to adulthood. The other survivors included Roscoe, Irving, Blanche and Ella.
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John and Lydia Ann Taylor Dunjee. Drusilla was sent to finishing school in the North and studied classical piano at the Northwestern Conservatory of Music in Minnesota.
From to , Dunjee taught kindergarten and elementary school in Oklahoma City. In she eloped with Price Houston. The state was admitted to the Union in She served as principal for six years. First he expanded their family farm to produce vegetables and other produce for sale. Irving Dunjee left Oklahoma for Chicago and New York City, where he worked in journalism, becoming managing editor of the Chicago Enterprise and editor of The Negro Champion , respectively in those two cities.
Houston had joined him in writing for the newspaper even before she returned to the city, serving as a contributing editor and columnist. Beginning in , she conducted research into a variety of sources and published a multi-volume history of Africans in their homeland, Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire She was a co-founder of the Dogan Reading Room of Oklahoma and served as its president.
She had moved there for her health, as the dry climate was believed to benefit people with lung disease, and TB was incurable at the time.
She was a skilled journalist, Racial Uplift matriarch, and community builder in early Oklahoma Brooks-Bertram , xlii. Regrettably, four volumes in the series appear lost, but Volume II subtitled Origin of Civilization from the Cushites was discovered in and published again in Houston was the daughter of Rev. In addition to writing historical texts, Houston worked as a contributing editor for the Oklahoma Black Dispatch, a newspaper she ran with her brother civil rights activist Roscoe Conkling Dunjee who founded the Oklahoma branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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This is a pioneering, long-lost, work of Afrocentric history. Drusilla Dunjee Houston, was a teacher, journalist and self-taught historian. Inspired by W. Africa had several advanced civilizations in antiquity which flourished at the same time as the better known European and Asian ones. However, at the time that Houston wrote, history was viewed through a Eurocentric perspective and any mention of advanced African cultures was considered on a par with Atlantis. Houston believed the Cushite civilization to be the motherland of humanity.
Drusilla Dunjee Houston
John and Lydia Ann Taylor Dunjee. Drusilla was sent to finishing school in the North and studied classical piano at the Northwestern Conservatory of Music in Minnesota. From to , Dunjee taught kindergarten and elementary school in Oklahoma City. In she eloped with Price Houston. The state was admitted to the Union in