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A Salute to the 1956 Black Undergraduates

By Jason Molin

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“We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) (USSC+)
CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN, Opinion of the Court, May 17, 1954

In 1956 the first African American undergraduates enrolled at and attended The University of Texas at Austin. Since that watershed year, thousands of African American students have attended this flagship institution.

PRESIDENT GREGORY L. FENVES The University of Texas at Austin cordially invites you to the Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Enrollment of the First Undergraduate African Americans at The University of Texas at Austin. As we celebrate this milestone in the history of Texas’ premiere university, we are privileged to honor those who courageously paved the way for the advancement of civil rights on the Forty Acres and throughout the United States.

Please join us for

Facing the Winds of Change with Dignity, Courage and Wisdom

A SALUTE TO THE 1956 BLACK UNDERGRADUATES

HONORARY CHAIRMAN
Mr. Earl Campbell UT’s first Heisman Trophy Winner

HONOREES
The First African American Undergraduates who enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin in 1956

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
3:00–5:00 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium
2313 Red River, Austin, TX 78705
Complimentary parking available in lot #38

Please RSVP to ddce@utexas.edu.