Members of Heman Marion Sweatt's family share memories of the civil rights figure who was the first African American to integrate the School of Law.Read more
"Sixty Years of Integration: Civil Rights Then and Now" is the theme of this year's Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights to be held April 22-23 at various locations on The University of Texas at Austin campus.
It is the 24th such symposium held in honor of Heman Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the university's School of Law. The Supreme Court ruling that allowed Sweatt to enter the law school paved the way for African Americans' admission to formerly segregated colleges and universities across the nation.Read more
The university's Community Engagement Center in east Austin houses a collection of papers, photos and memorabilia of the Prairie View Interscholastic League, which began in 1920 and served as the governing body for Texas' African American high schools until 1970 when the University Interscholastic League assumed the role.Read more
In a sea of white faces, John Saunders Chase waited patiently amid the stares and glares of the swarm of humanity surrounding him. Cameras flashed as reporters hurled questions at him and jotted down his responses. It was June 7, 1950. Chase, an African American, was smartly dressed in a double-breasted coat and tie, as he stood in line at Gregory Gym.Read more