Ella Sauls Morrison
Mrs. Morrison is the Great grand niece of John Woods. John Woods was the first freed slave in Travis county. Mrs. Morrison is the 1964 Valedictorian of the segregated Hopewell High School after being denied admission to Round Rock High School in the fall of 1963. This was 10 years after federal law outlawed school segregation. She became a licensed vocational nurse from Brackenridge School of Vocational Nursing at a time when African Americans and males were not allowed to attend Brackenridge Hospital's Registered Nursing School. She received her nursing degree from from The University of Texas in 1983 and was Seton Hospitals Nurse of the Year in 1993. Mrs. Morrison is an active member of several Round Rock organizations. Today, she is still an active and integral part of the continued fight for equity in Williamson County.
RRISD Black Student Unions
Various Round Rock ISD campuses have this student-run group.
High Schools: Cedar Ridge, Early College, McNeil, Round Rock, Stony Point
Middle Schools: C.D. Fulkes, Grisham, Hernandez, Walsh
Hopewell Negro School
Closed in 1966, Hopewell originally served all Black students in RRISD. The 1954 Supreme Court Case, Brown vs the Board of Education, ruled separate but equal schools was unconstitutional. Yet, many school districts weren't desegregated until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, so a little more than 10yrs passed before RRISD implemented the change in 1966.
Huston-Tillotson University is a Historically Black College and University located in Austin, TX
Fall 2021-22 an Ethnic Studies course on African American History will be offered to all middle and high schools in Round Rock ISD.
Joe Lee Johnson
Johnson has a long history with Round Rock ISD, first as a student at the Hopewell Negro School, and eventually serving as principal of the school through its desegregation in 1966.
Rev. Anthony Mays
The first and only African American student allowed to enroll in Round Rock High School in 1964. Rev. Mays graduated in the top 10 percent of the Round Rock High School class of 1967, was a member of National Honor Society and was named a finalist for Outstanding Negro Students National Merit Scholarship. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with an English degree.
Rodney Page was the first African American coach of any sport at the University of Texas at Austin and first women's basketball head coach at the university. He is a former teacher at McNeil and Round Rock High Schools and in Austin Independent School District. In 2001, Mr. Page created two mentoring groups, and now works with Success High School in Round Rock ISD through the Phoenix Rising Young Men's Group.
Doctors and researchers harvested her cervical cells without consent which were used to create the immortal cell line known as the HeLa cell.
14 year old whose murder served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.
"The unknown hero” of the civil rights movement, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. His open sexuality forced him to remain in the background of the Civil Rights movement.
The first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University and co-founder of the NAACP.
Field Officer for the NAACP, Evers was murdered outside of his home in an ambush.
The first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre
Photographer showcases African American history highlighting subjects as diverse as slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, women’s rights, and other cultural issues. Each work celebrates a rich diversity designed to encourage young minds to dream and follow their purpose. Her artistry is featured in exhibitions across the country including Round Rock Public Library and Austin City Hall. Also former staff member of Walsh Middle School.
Me & the Bees Lemonade
Mikaila Ulmer started her lemonade business in 2009 in Austin, TX
Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. In 2000, Billie Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1968 Summer Olympics
Tommie Smith and John Carlos protested racial inequality during the national anthem of the Olympics held in Mexico City
Dr. Kenneth Dunkley
Inventor of 3D glasses.
was an African American explorer best known as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert Edwin Peary in 1909
Chance the Rapper
is a hip-hop artist, producer and social activist whose mixtape 'Coloring Book,' is the first album to win a Grammy based solely on streaming.
Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American congresswoman in 1968. Four years later, she became the first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency.
Little Rock Nine
On September 4, 1957, the first day of classes at Central High, Governor Orval Faubus called in the Arkansas National Guard to block integration. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine into the school.
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