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Watkins / Administrator Support at TSU

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Watkins: And we had good administrators at Texas Southern at that time. The President at Texas Southern at the time was Dr. Samuel Nabrit. Dr. Nabrit was from a very prominent family from Georgia. His brother was the president of Howard University and his sister was some big thing at another university. They were educators and they were not afraid. Some of the black administrators at the time were afraid for their jobs, but Dr. Nabrit was not and he made his faculty feel that we need to support the students. So, they helped us organizing classes where so many groups would go out and you weren’t missing any class because they were arranging our classes, they were arranging our sit-in activity, so we weren’t missing class. The teachers were not giving in to us and saying it’s okay. No, you still came to class, but it was organizing through the faculty and the administration. So, when you registered that next semester then you register so you belong to this group that’s going to go downtown certain hours while another group was on campus. So, we were well organized.

Interview Interview with Halcyon O. Watkins
Subjects Education › Teachers and Administrators
Student Activism
Student Activism › Student Activism and Training
Tags Texas Southern University
Nabrit, Samuel M.
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Interview date 2015-07-23
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Watkins, Halcyon O.
Duration 00:01:43
Citation "Administrator Support at TSU," from Halcyon O. Watkins oral history interview with ,  July 23, 2015, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed April 15, 2021