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Desegregation in Austin

Five Decades of Social Change: A Timeline

This web project presents an annotated chronology of major events in the desegregation of Austin, Texas, from 1940 to 1980 as they appeared in local newspapers and other materials such as the Austin Files (AF) in the archives at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. The timeline is intended as a guide to key events necessary for an understanding of this extraordinary time in the city’s history.



Local African American firsts Local African American firsts
University of Texas at Austin (UT) facts University of Texas at Austin (UT) facts
Local desegregation facts Local desegregation facts
Statewide desegregation facts Statewide desegregation facts
National desegregation facts National desegregation facts

Note: The Austin American-Statesman newspaper had several name changes over the five decades covered in this timeline. The variations reflect usage for that time—Austin Statesman, The Austin Statesman, The Austin-Statesman, The Austin American, The Austin American-Statesman, American Statesman, The American-Statesman, Austin American-Statesman.

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University of Texas at Austin (UT) facts The University of Texas invites the National Congress of Black Professionals to meet at the LBJ Auditorium to discuss problems of blacks in higher education. [Marsh Durden, Almetris. Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at The University of Texas at Austin. 1979; A 378.76431 DU]
Local desegregation facts The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals orders a federal plan for desegregation to be submitted; appeals judges issue conflicting opinions and remand the Austin case to federal district court for retrial. [AF-Segregation-Public Schools-S1700 (2)-1972; The Austin American-Statesman (Evening Edition), “Desegregation Chronology,” November 22, 1977]