Archive for ‘Students for a Democratic Society’

October 1, 2015

Final Stand-In Documentary

The nonprofit Peoples History of Texas has completed its documentary on the stand-ins. To see it, click on their name.

May 17, 2015

Texas Observer links for Stand-Ins, et al.

The Texas Observer now has all its issues online, but older issues are searchable only by date. For those searching for material on the University of Texas during the time of the stand-ins and similar activity, here is a guide to some Observer links.

Bombing of the University “Y” and formation of Students for Direct Action:

Stand-ins begin at the Texas Theater:

Stand-ins continue and spread to the Varsity Theater, gaining support from University of Texas faculty members and from Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady: (Continues on page 2, easy to scroll down)

Description of activities at the stand-ins:

More faculty support, and stand-ins coordinated with national Lincoln’s Birthday demonstrations:

Stand-ins reach a peak of 400, with confrontations: (scroll to continuation on page 3, also note page 3 article about other Lincoln’s Birthday demonstrations in Texas and nationally)

“Y” bombers placed on disciplinary probation:

Demonstrations at theaters in Austin and elsewhere:

A vigil by Booker T. Bonner:

February 25, 2014

KLRU videos

You can find videos of Austin civil rights activists from the 1960s and 1970s here.

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

April 3, 2011

Larry Caroline

Becoming faculty sponsor of the Students for a Democratic Society when he did not have tenure was among the unwise career moves by Larry Caroline, assistant professor of philosophy. After UT failed to renew his contract, he never obtained another academic job. This piece by Robert A. Burns is from the December 1968 Texas Ranger. (Click image to enlarge.)
March 31, 2011

Stokely Carmichael

Cartoon by Glenn Whitehead in the September 1967 Texas Ranger. (Click image to enlarge.Carmichael had spoken at UT the previous April under the auspices of Students for a Democratic Society.
March 29, 2011

Original Ranger cover art

Though the Texas Student Publications Board rejected Charlie Dent’s cover drawing for the February 1966 Texas Ranger, Students for a Democratic Society printed and distributed it. (Click image to enlarge.)
March 29, 2011

How censorship was foiled

This note was attached to reproductions of Charlie Dent’s original cover for the Texas Ranger of February 1966. (Click image to enlarge.)