Posts tagged ‘University Religious Council’

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: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/02#page=3

Stand-ins begin at the Texas Theater: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/09#page=5

Stand-ins continue and spread to the Varsity Theater, gaining support from University of Texas faculty members and from Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/30#page=1 (Continues on page 2, easy to scroll down)

Description of activities at the stand-ins: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/30#page=5

More faculty support, and stand-ins coordinated with national Lincoln’s Birthday demonstrations: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/01/14#page=8

Stand-ins reach a peak of 400, with confrontations: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/02/18#page=1 (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: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/02/25#page=3

Demonstrations at theaters in Austin and elsewhere: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/03/04#page=3

A vigil by Booker T. Bonner: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/03/18#page=3

March 9, 2014

Letter to Look Magazine

Thanks to Manny Solon for the following:

Below is my typed copy of my letter that was published in the “Letters To The Editor” section of the June 6, 1961 edition of Look magazine under the heading “Atlanta’s Battle Continues”. [ It was the lead letter in the section.  Their masthead stated ” NOW MORE THAN 6,700,000 CIRCULATION’, so it was my most read publication. :-).

A cousin of mine saw it in California and I or someone in my family saved the magazine. I received four replies addressed to me at the University Religious Council of which I was then president.  Two signed letters were positive and supportive, two were “negative” and unsigned. My original was edited and I have no idea if somewhere I have the original which said more about our efforts.

The article I was commenting on was about the efforts of African American students in Atlanta to integrate various institutions including restaurants. There were eight letters published and they were on both sides.

Sorry I just can’t scan it and send it to you.

Manny

Atlanta’s Battle Continues

Look is to be congratulated on its
excellent article The Second Battle of
Atlanta [ April 25 ].  I would like to
point out that the “battle” against
segregation is also going on in Austin,
Texas.  Here an organization of stu-
dents–Students for Direct Action– in-
situted a “stand-in” in December of
1960 in an effort to desegregate local
movie theaters….
The situation here in is significantly
different from that of Atlanta, as it
has been predominantly white stu-
dents ( from the University of Texas )
who have been taking part in these
demonstrations…. In order for us
to live up to our beliefs in American
democracy and our religious teach-
ings, we who believe segregation is
wrong must do our part to end it.
May the students in Atlanta con-
tinue to be an example and inspira-
tion for others, both Negro and white,
throughout the United States.
Emanuel Solon
University Religious Council
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

P.S. While typing this I noted – I think for the first time- that the six line letter below mine (also edited) Is “signed”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Atlanta, Ga.

January 22, 2011

Pete Seeger sings

From the Nov. 8, 1962 Daily Texan. (Click images to enlarge.) Some “Y” cabinet members expressed anxiety about Pete Seeger singing there, but they voted to allow it.

December 11, 2010

Convincing contrast

Editorial by Daily Texan Editor Jo Eickmann (Sandin), early December 1960. (Click images to enlarge.)
December 11, 2010

Restaurant demonstrations

Goldstone lists “Two Different Views…” as Nov. 30, 1960; the other Daily Texan clip is probably from the same date. (Click image to enlarge.)
December 11, 2010

Bombers arrested

Dwonna Goldstone references this Daily Texan article as Dec. 1, 1960. (Click images to enlarge.)

December 11, 2010

The restaurant card

This little card turned out to be explosive. (Click image to enlarge.)
December 11, 2010

‘Y’ bombing

When the University Religious Council met at the University “Y” after demonstrations to attempt restaurant integration, a bomb went off outside the building. This is from the Nov. 30, 1960, Daily Texan. (Click image to enlarge.)