Thursday, July 15, 2010

University of Texas to Consider Taking Klansman’s Name Off Dorm

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
by Jim Vertuno, Associated Press , July 15, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas – The president of the University of Texas will ask the school's regents to remove the name of a former professor and Ku Klux Klan member from a campus dormitory.
Simkins Hall, a two-story brick dorm built in the 1950s, is named after William Simkins, who was a popular law school professor in the early part of the 20th century but one with a dubious past. He served as a Confederate fighter and early organizer of the Ku Klux Klan in Florida, promoting the Klan and bragging about efforts to terrorize and harass "darkey" in campus speeches and publications.

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