Archive for ‘Harry H. Ransom’

August 1, 2017

1962-64 Time Line from the Cactus

The 1963 and 1964 Cactus had a month-by-month listing of school (and some national) events. A lot of it is athletics, concerts, etc., but a few are relevant re clarifying dates, so I will type them in here as they appear in the Cactus:

September 1962
FRIDAY, 21st–American Association of University Professors meets for discussion of the University’s relation to the Forty Acres Club. (Chancellor Harry Ransom stated that the Club is a private club.)
October
MONDAY, 1st–James Meredith enrolls at the University of Mississippi amid rebellion led by Governor Ross Barnett.
November
FRIDAY, 9th–Pete Seeger, controversial folksinger, presents his first program on campus amidst anti-Communist pickets.
December
SATURDAY, 1st–Judge Thornton Hardie resigns the chairmanship of the Board of Regents, and W. W. Heath is chosen as his successor.
February 1963
WEDNESDAY, 27th–A panel investigates the advantages and disadvantages of N.S.A. and the University as part of it in the Y.
March
WEDNESDAY, 13th–University students vote 59% against membership in the National Students’ Association in a referendum.
FRIDAY, 22nd–Frank C. Erwin, Jr., an Austin attorney, is named to the Board of Regents.
THURSDAY, 28th–Student Assembly votes 20-7 to withdraw from NSA.
April
THURSDAY, 4th–The Student Assembly votes Athletic Council its Blanket Tax appropriation after extensive debate over the objection to supporting segregated athletics.
SATURDAY, 27th–It is announced that Dr. Joseph R. Smiley, University President, has accepted the presidency of the University of Colorado.
November
MONDAY, 11th–University Regents vote unanimously to integrate athletics, the first Southwest Conference school to take this action. Regents extend participation in student activities to all students, removing previous racial barriers.
MONDAY, 18th–Integrated athletics at Texas becomes a reality with the Athletic Council’s adoption of the Board of Regents’ decision to remove racial restriction for student activities.
THURSDAY, 21st–President and Mrs. Kennedy begin their tour of Texas. Life magazine photographer records scenes of stump-speaking on the campus.
December
FRIDAY, 20th–Kinsolving Dormitory was picketed in protest of the University’s segregated housing policy.
January 1964
THURSDAY, 30th–Fraternity rush is opened to Negroes for the first time on UT campus.
MAY
TUESDAY, 12th–Ervin Perry, Negro graduate student, is hired as the first Negro on the University faculty. Perry will be an assistant professor of engineering.
SATURDAY, 16th–The University of Texas Board of Regents announces removal of racial barriers in University Housing, completing total integration for the University.
September 12, 2011

Regents integrate activities

The UT Board of Regents voted to integrate campus activities, including athletics but not including housing, in a surprise move. The story appeared in the Nov. 10, 1963 Daily Texan. (Click images to enlarge.)

Activity integration-1Activity 11-10-63

 

September 7, 2011

Reviewing Stand

This column on the dormitory integration suit by Richard Cole, Daily Texan managing editor, appeared August 16, 1963. (Click image to enlarge.)
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.”
March 25, 2011

More Ranger commentary

From the February 1964 Texas Ranger. (Click image to enlarge.)  Lieuen Adkins was editor. The Dubious Achievement Award to Sigma Chi refers to its Derby Day. For this charity fundraiser, the fraternity announced that all sororities would compete in events, including acquiring derby hats the Sigma Chis wore on campus. A black sorority member took them at their word and snatched a few hats, and an altercation occurred. Next year, the Sigma Chis announced that “selected sororities” would participate.
February 14, 2011

Young Dems endorse CIC resolution

From the Daily Texan, October 17, 1963. (Click image to enlarge.) The Young Democrats’ resolution went to each regent, to Gov. John Connally and to UT Chancellor Harry H. Ransom.

February 10, 2011

Regents hear CIC report

William Spearman, chair of the Campus Interracial Committee, was surprised but prepared when the UT Board of Regents allowed him to present his report. (Click image to enlarge.)
February 8, 2011

Dorm integration ruling due

From the Daily Texan, August 16, 1963, a report on legal arguments for and against dormitory integration. (Click image to enlarge.)