Ramona Houston, Ph.D.
Ramona Houston, Ph.D., has a multifaceted career as a scholar, educator and entrepreneur. An American historian and emerging public intellectual, Dr. Houston specializes in 20th century American history, civil rights and race relations, specifically its African American and Mexican American dimensions. Sought for her expertise, Dr. Houston presents lectures and workshops on African American/Latino history and relations as well as serves as an expert on programs discussing contemporary issues facing these two communities. In addition to her academic presentations, Dr. Houston inspires her audiences through her writings and seminars on surviving and succeeding in college and fulfilling your Purpose. Devoted to service Dr. Houston is president of Light Forces, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of youth and young adults. Through its programs and activities Light Forces develops conscientious young people who are dedicated to excellence, leadership and service. Committed to her alma mater, Dr. Houston is the immediate past national president of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association.
A native of Brownwood, Texas, Dr. Houston earned her B.A. degree in History and Spanish from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, 1996, and 2000 respectively. Dr. Houston is married to musician Terreon Gully of East St. Louis, Illinois.
Active in the community, she mentors young people and is a member and leader of several community and professional organizations. Dr. Houston believes in service and is committed to education, cultural diversity and human rights.