In celebration of the 32nd annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, the DDCE is hosting a book talk and panel discussion on the newly released book “As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas”on Thursday, March 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall. The talk will be led by editors Leslie Blair, executive director of communications in the DDCE; and Virginia A. Cumberbatch, director of the Community Engagement Center.
This collection of stories gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the first Black undergraduate students to enroll at the university. Told against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South, this narrative is inextricably linked to current conversations about race, identity, access and equality in higher education.
Dr. Richard Reddick, UT alumnus and professor in the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts, will moderate the panel discussion on the common experiences of students of color and the ways in which groups of students were treated differently back in UT Austin’s early years of integration.