|Houston Informer, March 2, 1946. Used with
permission of the Houston Informer
At the Rubicon
Discussion and controversy have been going on for sometime
concerning equality of educational opportunities for Negroes in Texas. THE HOUSTON
INFORMER, particularly through the writings of Carter Wesley, has been developing
public opinion in preparation for action. The hour for action has come.
When Heman Sweatt applied for admission to the University
of Texas, notice was served on Texas officials, both legislative and educational, that
positive action must be taken in the direction of providing higher education for Negroes
of the state.
A self-righteous claim of having made an appropriation of
$900,000 for the two years ending August 31, 1947, is saying nothing. The claim that this
sum is almost double the appropriation made for the previous biennium only points out the
neglect of educational opportunities for colored boys and girls.
The balance-sheet looks like this:
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR BIENNIUM ENDING
August 31, 1947 -- $25,563,449.
For White Schools
Institutions for Higher Learning (White)
University of Texas (Main Campus)
Division of Research
School of Dentistry
Texas State College for
[unreadable] Arts and Industry
Texas Technological College
East Texas State Teachers
North Texas State Teachers
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West Texas State Teachers College
Stephen F. Austin Teachers College
Sul Ross Teachers
Institutions for Higher Learning (Colored)
Prairie View University
It adds up to one single school of higher learning
for Negroes in Texas and that school gets 1/25 of the money appropriated for higher
education in Texas.
It is not for W.R. Banks of Prairie View University to
carry the ball for all of the Negroes of Teas in securing educational facilities for all
their children. Dr. Banks has labored hard and long, using all the skills, [unreadable] at
his command to [line unreadable]
. And perhaps did as much as any individual could.
Now, the citizens of Texas must bring the strength of a
team to the fray. Use of the Courts. Pressure on legislators. All the weapons and all the
strength of Texas Negroes must be mobilized for the contest.
The Rubicon is crossed. Now it is zero hour. The battle is