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June 22, 2015

Links to Texas Observer on UT civil rights, 1956

The fall semester of 1956 was the first year for integration of undergraduate classes at UT’s main campus. Approximately 80 black students enrolled.

Former UT law student Heman Marion Sweatt reportedly took an overdose of sleeping pills (“This Week in Texas”): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/01/25#page=8

Portrait of Willie Morris, Daily Texan editor at the time: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/02/22#page=6

James E. Titus, professor of government at UT, on interposition, the theory advanced by Gov. Allen Shivers and others, that the state could “interpose” between the federal government and the people of the state, for instance, to preserve segregation: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/03/07#page=3

Former UT faculty member J. Evetts Haley announces his candidacy for governor as a backer of interposition: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/03/07#page=6

UT student assembly passes a resolution welcoming blacks to campus; UT Inter-Co-Op Council votes to integrate its residences; only two UT dormitories will be integrated; Autherine Lucy considers applying to UT: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/03/14#page=8

Editorial endorsing Ralph Yarborough for governor recalls Price Daniel’s opposition to the admission of Heman Sweatt to the UT law school: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/07/11#page=2

Fagan Dickson, Austin attorney, publishes an article with the American Bar Association dealing with, among other cases, Sweatt V. Painter: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/09/05#page=4

Black undergraduates enter UT for the first time, but turmoil over integration of education continues elsewhere in the state: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/09/19#page=5

Editorial (scroll down) cites the UT Longhorns being beaten by the integrated team from the University of California: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/09/26#page=2

Attorney General John Ben Shepperd seeks to ban the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from operating in Texas ;  its pledge to help Heman Sweatt with UT Law School fees is an issue. (Shepperd’s actions caused the NAACP to be almost dormant in the state for a time.): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/10/03#page=4

Among evidence re the state’s prosecution of the NAACP, Thelma White purportedly regretting her decision to enroll at Texas Western (now UT-El Paso): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/10/10#page=4

A cross is burned at the Texas Memorial Museum (Week in Texas). Austin police believe it is a fraternity prank: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1956/10/10#page=5

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May 24, 2015

Links from 1955

Links to articles from the 1955 issues of the Texas Observer regarding civil rights at the University of Texas. The whole page is referenced; scrolling down for the particular topic may be necessary:

Texas Commission on Race Relations meets in the Texas Union: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/02/21#page=8 http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/02/28#page=7

Thelma White sues in federal court to enter Texas Western (now University of Texas at El Paso): http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/04/04#page=5

Wayne H. Holtzman, UT psychology professor, studies UT students’ views about race in 1955: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/04/18#page=6

An article on school integration in Texas, including a plan of UT regents to set policy on this matter: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/06/27#page=5

An editorial and cartoon re desegregation at UT and elsewhere in Texas:http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/07/13#page=2

UT regents vote to desegregate all classes in September 1956: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/07/13#page=4

As part of an article on integration in Texas, Dean Arno Nowotny is quoted about housing for black students at UT: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/07/20#page=8

In the continuation of this long article on integration throughout the state (scroll to the next page), Huston-Tillotson halts its expansion plans because of UT’s pending undergraduate integration: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/07/27#page=4

A UT regent’s husband expresses support for the Citizens’ Council of Kilgore, a group advocating the preservation of school segregation: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1955/08/03#page=1