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Sturm College of Law


Brown v. Board; KKK; Klan; Standardized testing; Segregation; Simkins Hall; Sweatt v. Painter; University of Texas; UT; William Stewart Simkins


Ten weeks ago, my 48-page legal history paper started a Texas-sized controversy about a University of Texas dormitory named for a Klan leader. UT first admitted African-American students in 1950 after the NAACPʼs Legal Defense Fund lawyers beat Texas before the US Supreme Court in Sweatt v. Painter. Four years later, the great NAACP lawyers won Brown v. Board of Education. Just a few weeks after the Brown decision, UT put a Klansmanʼs name on a brand-new dormitory for law and graduate students.

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Originally published as Thomas D. Russell, Professor's Paper Targets Klan Reference on University of Texas Dorm... And Gets Action, THE HUFFINGTON POST (July 12, 2012),