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:
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.
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.”