Archive for May, 2011

May 24, 2011

UT rebuffs Marion Ford

Two wire stories from September 3, 1954, on Marion Ford’s attempt to enter the University of Texas as an undergraduate. (Click image to enlarge.) Clippings courtesy of Dr. Leon McNealy.
May 23, 2011

University desegregates

From July 8, 1955, courtesy of Dr. Leon McNealy. (Click image to enlarge.Texas Western College (now UT-El Paso) abolished segregation in fall 1955 for undergraduates. The Austin campus began admitting black students the following fall.
May 23, 2011

Radio interview

Podcast of Thorne Dreyer’s interview with Dr. Leon McNealy, broadcast on KOOP Radio in Austin May 6, 2011, in connection with the Precursors Forum at the University of Texas the weekend of the Heman Sweatt Symposium:

A link to the broadcast on the station is here:
McNealy Interview

May 22, 2011

Mezzo-soprano denied role

May 8 and May 11, 1957,  wire stories on State Rep. Joe Chapman‘s barring Barbara Smith (Conrad) from performing the lead role in Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas at the University of Texas. (Click image to enlarge.) Clippings courtesy of Dr. Leon McNealy.
May 21, 2011

FBI vs. New Left

The following comes from Roger Baker (Click images to enlarge.):

The FBI has declassified its Cointelpro files explaining its secret
campaign to undermine the New Left (during a period when I was
active). (Coming soon, its files on Black Nationalism.)

Here is the link:


If you look under “San Antonio,” you’ll find hundreds of pages of
files on Austin SDS, etc. The FBI office was in San Antonio.

I’ve attached a few samples that show what was going on.

Maybe some of this fits into the “dirty nothings” files, since it is
fairly evident that Frank Erwin was one favored FBI channel of

— Roger, Austin

May 21, 2011

Frustration for students

Wire story from March 17, 1960, courtesy of Dr. Leon McNealy (Huey McNealy). (Click image to enlarge.) McNealy, Mary Simpson and Sherryl Griffin (Bozeman) met with University of Texas officials as a result of 5,000 students gathering for speak-ins on the UT South Mall, garnering national publicity.  Previously, when Logan Wilson had refused to meet with the students, Sherryl Griffin, later a clergy member, began praying daily on the South Mall as the others stayed near. Students from Hillel later joined the trio, and gradually other students participated. This eventually developed into the “speak-ins” or “read-ins” where students would gather and read the motto on the Tower: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
May 2, 2011

New book on Erwin years

From Kenneth H. Ashworth:

Laura, well, at last my book on the Erwin years 1969 to 1973 is out. It is called “Horns of a Dilemma, Coping with Politics at the University of Texas.” Several people are unhappy with me about it, so I hope it describes the era well. Some of the dirty nothings will find it of interest. It is available under “Kenneth Ashworth” under “books” at
I’d love to hear what readers think about it. There’s even a poem from the times about the Waller Creek trees.