Archive for ‘Logan Wilson’

August 23, 2016

1957 Texas Observer links

Maco Stewart of the UT Young Democrats testifies at a Texas legislative subcommittee that had drafted segregation legislation: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/03/19#page=8

The Daily Texan opposes the segregation legislation (Week in Texas): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/03/26#page=5 (scroll down)

Barbara Smith (Conrad) is dropped from the cast of the opera Dido and Aeneas at UT because of the objections of a legislator; the article says a black woman wins the UT Law School “Portia” contest but does not receive the title: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/07#page=8

Editorial “The Smith Case” condemns the UT administration for agreeing to recast the opera: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/14#page=2

UT Young Republicans vote unanimously to uphold the Supreme Court and to condemn the legislature’s segregation bills (“The Week in Texas”): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/14#page=5 (scroll down)

Campus protests regarding the Dido and Aeneas issue: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/14#page=8

Cartoon satirizing the UT administration’s recasting of Dido and Aeneas: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/21#page=2

UT President Logan Wilson defends his decision to remove Barbara Smith (Conrad) from the Dido and Aeneas cast: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/21#page=8

Letter to the editor (“The Stump”) says that election of a black Portia at the UT Law School is a rumor: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/05/31#page=6 (scroll down)

State Sen. Henry Gonzalez’ mail supporting his filibuster against segregation bills includes a letter from a former UT student denied a job at UT because of Mexican ancestry and from a UT student with a black roommate. (http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/06/07#page=1; story is at bottom of page and continues on page 4)

UT President Logan Wilson reprimands R. H. Williams, chair of the Romance Languages Department, for seeking to allow a student (Donald Petesch) to attend a Faculty Council meeting discussing the Barbara Smith (Conrad) case: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/07/12#page=3

Heman Marion Sweatt resigns from the Cleveland, Ohio, NAACP board to work with the Cleveland Urban League: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/11/01#page=5

Daily Texan editor Bud Mims writes that the paper has been “advised to lay off the segregation issue.”: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/11/15#page=3

Interview with Bud Mims;  Harley Clark, UT Students Association president;  and Pete Gunter, chairman of student activities for UT’s 75th anniversary. They discuss integration and existentialism, among other topics: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1957/11/29#page=6

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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

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.”