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Barrier breakers from the 1960s

Barrier breakers from the 1960s
FIRST ROW, left to right: Dr. Jacqueline Hill Brown; Opal Jones; Billie Mohair; Gloria Frazier Evans. SECOND ROW: Harve King; Dr. James Grey; Billy Harper; Dr. Maxwell C. Scarlett; Joel Bennett.

1963, Billy Harper, first African American member of NT’s One O’Clock Lab Band

1964, Dr. James Gray, first African American to work for the Campus Chat student newspaper

1964, John Savage, first African American Yucca Who’s Who

1964, Dr. Wayman T. Dever, first African American to receive Ph.D. from NT (honored posthumously)

1964, Denton Christian Women’s Interracial Fellowship, honored for their role in promoting race relations in Denton

1968, Sheila Wheatley Clark, founding president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the first African American chartered Greek letter organization at NT

1968, Joel Bennett, founding president of Omega Psi Phi, the first African American fraternity at NT

1968, Gloria Frazier Evans, first NT Relay Queen

1968, Marva Bennett-Bland, first African American cheerleader at NT

1969, Nicky Wilson Porter, first African American Yucca beauty

1969, first African American NT Talons

  • Dr. Mickey Burnim
  • Robert Davis
  • Bennie Edwards
  • Jimmy Palmer
  • Johnny Simpson

1969, first African American Green Jackets

  • Rev. Sarah Taylor Davis
  • Dr. Carol Taylor Mitchell

1969, Dr. Mickey Burnim, first African American elected officer of NT Senate, president pro tem and vice president

1969, first African American NT students named to national Who’s Who

  • Dr. Jacqueline Hill Brown
  • Dr. Mickey Burnim
  • Rev. Sarah Taylor Davis
  • Kathryn Haley Flangin

1969, Dr. Wayman T. Dever, first African American faculty member at NT (honored posthumously)

1969 (summer), Dr. Theodore Lee, Jr., first African American administrator, associate dean of students

1969 (fall) Harve King, first African American NT associate dean of students for the long term

1969, Frank Wyman, founding president of the Afro-American Student Union

1969, Janice Johnson, founding president of the NT chapter of the NAACP

1969, Joyce Kyle, first African American assistant dorm director

1969, representing all early administrative support staff

  • Opal Jones
  • Billie Mohair
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Robert T. Victor
James & Ola Vineyard
UNT Department of Student Development
Robert and Marjorie Craft
SSP Consulting, L.C.
Joe and Gloria Kirven
Denton Area Teachers Credit Union
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Eta Chapter
DART - Gloria Dixon
UNT Fine Arts Series - Lindsey Keffer

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