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It was named after William Simkins, a popular former law school professor, but he served as an 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.
On Thursday, Texas President William Powers Jr. will ask university regents to remove Mr. Simkins’ name from the two-story brick dorm built in the 1950s. The regents are expected to bring the issue to a vote. The move comes after weeks of deliberations by an advisory panel and two public hearings.
The issue was sparked in May when former Texas law professor Tom Russell published an online article detailing resistance by the university to integration in the 1950s and ‘60s. Texas named the dorm after Mr. Simkins in 1954, the same year the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision ended legal segregation.
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