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2010 Charles and Margaret Witten Lecture
“Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: The Unknown History of the Latino Brown v. Board Case” by Dr. Michael A. Olivas
March 3, 2010

 


Dr. Michael A. Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center

 

Dr. Michael A. Olivas presented “Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: The Unknown History of the Latino Brown v. Board Case,” an examination of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Hernandez v. Texas,  that determined the 14th Amendment of the U.S.  Constitution provided equal protection to Mexican Americans and all other racial groups. This case was the first Mexican American civil rights case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Olivas noted that “the Hernandez case is a clear example of how a people took control of their own fate, and with persistence and sheer talent, prevailed. The larger Anglo society may not have heeded the message or behaved properly, then or now, but these courageous lawyers raised their voices and prevailed in our highest court, on behalf of their client and their community.” Dr. Olivas’ research proved instrumental in the preparation of the PBS American Experience documentary, A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story.


Margaret Witten, Michael Olivas,
Charles Witten, Dean Les Sternberg

Dr. Olivas has authored and edited ten books as well as written numerous chapters and articles on issues in higher education law and administration. His forthcoming text, Children in the Shadows, explores the implications of Plyler v. Doe, undocumented children, and educational policy. Dr. Olivas has been elected to the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education, the only person to have been selected to both honorary academies. He is currently president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools.


The Witten family with Dr. Olivas
l-r: Anne Witten Bauknight, Margaret Witten, Dr. Olivas, Dr. Witten, Spencer Witten, Margaret Bauknight

         
 

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Cleveland Sellers and the 2010 Travelstead Award for Courage in Education
Immediately preceding the Witten Lecture, the Travelstead Award for Courage in Education will be presented to Voorhees College President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. in recognition of his leadership in the civil rights movement and the struggle for social justice. The award honors the career of Chester C. Travelstead (1911-2006), Dean of the College of Education from 1952-1955, who spoke for the rights of others and furthered the cause of racial integration in South Carolina schools. 

The Travelstead Award recognizes a leader from the state of South Carolina who displays courage and who exemplifies the College of Education’s core values of stewardship, intellectual spirit, integrity, and justice. With a distinguished career as community organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, professor of history and chair of African American Studies at USC, and president of Voorhees College, Dr. Sellers is recognized for his leadership in the civil rights movement and the struggle for social justice. The 2010 Award was presented by the late Dean Travelstead's son, Coleman Travelstead.

For more information,
go to the Museum's Travelstead Award Exhibition.

 

President Sellers with Coleman Travelstead
                     

another "full house" in Room 126 for the Witten Lecture
     
     
 
 
     
               
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