Posts tagged ‘Price Daniel’

February 10, 2018

1958 Texas Observer links

UT’s 75th year student integration committee called for integration in dormitories, athletics, fraternities and sororities, and all services patronized by the student body. Dr. Logan Wilson, university president, said  no discrimination which really impeded learning existed.

Willie Morris contrasts UT with the University of Oxford, his commentary including Barbara Smith being dropped from the cast of an opera because of political pressure regarding her race.

An editorial lament that Rafer Johnson went to UCLA rather than UT.

Political Intelligence column comments that Daily Texan editorial calls for “full integration of Negro students into campus life.”

In “Paper-Thin Defenses,” an interview with a segregationist from East Texas attending UT.

“This Week in Texas” shows a shift in opinion via the Belden Poll regarding integration of Texas colleges.

In “The Week in Texas,” a report that a UT “Negro student and his date” were compelled to move from their seats at the Baylor-Texas football game. (scroll down)

The Observer notes that a group of ex-students who claim that the University is not yet first class does not mention the cancelling of Barbara Smith Conrad’s role in an opera.



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:

The Daily Texan opposes the segregation legislation (Week in Texas): (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:

Editorial “The Smith Case” condemns the UT administration for agreeing to recast the opera:

UT Young Republicans vote unanimously to uphold the Supreme Court and to condemn the legislature’s segregation bills (“The Week in Texas”): (scroll down)

Campus protests regarding the Dido and Aeneas issue:

Cartoon satirizing the UT administration’s recasting of Dido and Aeneas:

UT President Logan Wilson defends his decision to remove Barbara Smith (Conrad) from the Dido and Aeneas cast:

Letter to the editor (“The Stump”) says that election of a black Portia at the UT Law School is a rumor: (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. (; 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:

Heman Marion Sweatt resigns from the Cleveland, Ohio, NAACP board to work with the Cleveland Urban League:

Daily Texan editor Bud Mims writes that the paper has been “advised to lay off the segregation issue.”:

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:

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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”):

Portrait of Willie Morris, Daily Texan editor at the time:

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:

Former UT faculty member J. Evetts Haley announces his candidacy for governor as a backer of interposition:

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:

Editorial endorsing Ralph Yarborough for governor recalls Price Daniel’s opposition to the admission of Heman Sweatt to the UT law school:

Fagan Dickson, Austin attorney, publishes an article with the American Bar Association dealing with, among other cases, Sweatt V. Painter:

Black undergraduates enter UT for the first time, but turmoil over integration of education continues elsewhere in the state:

Editorial (scroll down) cites the UT Longhorns being beaten by the integrated team from the University of California:

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.):

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):

A cross is burned at the Texas Memorial Museum (Week in Texas). Austin police believe it is a fraternity prank:

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May 17, 2015

Texas Observer links for Stand-Ins, et al., 1960-61

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: