As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin

As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin


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In 2016, the University of Texas at Austin celebrated two important milestones: the thirtieth anniversary of the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and the sixtieth anniversary of the first black undergraduate students to enter the university. These historic moments aren't just special; they are relevant to current conversations and experiences on college campuses across the country. The story of integration at UT against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South is complex and momentous—a story that necessitates understanding and sharing. Likewise, this narrative is inextricably linked to current conversations about students' negotiations of identity and place in higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477314418
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 626,129
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gregory J. Vincent is the sixteenth president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He served as the University of Texas at Austin Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement from 2006–2017. He was also a professor of law at UT and held the W. K. Kellogg Professorship in Community College Leadership.

Virginia A. Cumberbatch began As We Saw It as a graduate research assistant for the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2014, while she was a student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy; she now serves as director of the Community Engagement Center.

Leslie A. Blair has championed the As We Saw It project since 2010 and serves as executive director of communications for the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, where she has worked since 2008.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ix

Introduction Virginia A. Cumberbatch 1

Chapter 1 New Beginnings in Texas Education 7

Heman Sweatt 10

W. Astor Kirk 15

John Chase 22

Doris Askew-Hicks 26

Chapter 2 Negotiating a Space for Blackness on Campus and Beyond 31

Integrating the Drag 34

Forming Black Greek Life 39

Connecting to the East Side 43

Chapter 3 Overcoming the Odds 47

Dorothy Cato 47

Rodney Griffin 51

Fred Alexander 53

Hoover Alexander 56

Chapter 4 Athletes to Unintentional Activists 63

Henry "Doc" Reeves 67

Roosevelt Leaks 69

Retha Swindell 73

Chapter 5 The Social Politics of Gender on the Forty Acres 79

Almetris "Mama" Duren 80

Anitha Mitchell 86

Maudie Ates Fogie and Sherryl Griffin Bozeman 89

Peggy Holland 91

Barbara Smith Conrad 94

Chapter 6 Rearing a Longhorn Legacy: The Taylor Family 101

Beaulah Taylor

Art Taylor

Bettye Taylor

John Taylor

Steven Taylor

Sherd Taylor

Dewey Taylor

Chapter 7 Inside the Ivory Tower: From Students to Stewards 107

Exalton Delco and Norcell Haywood 107

John Robinson 111

Bill Lyons 113

Edwin Dorn 118

Harriet Murphy 124

Epilogue Fran Harris 135

Notes 141

Bibliography 147

About the Editors 151

Index 153

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