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Texas State Updates: Integration

Low-key registration came at end
of legal battle for integration

University president John G. Flowers helps Dana Jean Smith register in February 1963.

By David King

On a February afternoon almost 50 years ago, four young African-American women strode into the registrar’s office at Texas State and quietly registered for classes.

But the seven months leading up to the afternoon of Feb. 4, 1963, had been anything but quiet.

It had taken a formal letter of application, a formal rejection, a lawsuit and a court order for the university, known at the time as Southwest Texas State College, to open its doors to four African-American students: Georgia Hoodye, Gloria Odoms, Mabeleen Washington and Dana Jean Smith.

Texas State wasn’t the first university in the state to integrate, nor was it the last. The enrollment of African-American students in February, 1963, was part of a tide rolling across the nation, one that began at the end of World War II and one that continues today. Continue reading