From the files: Opera star recalls racism at UT

This week, the University of Texas is honoring alumni who were among the first waves of blacks to enroll, with a special focus on those who started their studies 60 years ago, in the fall of 1956. My colleague Ralph Haurwitz, writes about it.

Read the story from 2009, when UT honored Conrad.

 

Promotional hand out photo of Barbara Smith taken in 1957. On the back is written, "Barbara Louise Smith, University of Texas Co-ed, presented by her father Conrad A. Smith." MUST CREDIT: Barbara Smith Conrad Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History/ University of Texas at Austin. Received 01/26/09 for 0201Conrad.
Promotional hand out photo of Barbara Smith taken in 1957. Barbara Smith Conrad Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History/ University of Texas at Austin.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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