Julius Whittier, the first African-American to letter in football at Texas, passes away


In the late 1960s, the winds of social change were sweeping the country.

However, even though the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. Board of Education, was decided in 1954, integration proceeded at a slow pace across much of the South as the Civil Rights Movement worked to transform society.

Even though North Texas integrated its football program in 1957, many schools in the state went a decade or more without an African-American participating in the sport.

In fact, the 1969 Texas football team was the last non-integrated group to win a consensus national championship. When the Longhorns repeated as national title winners in 1970, though, change had finally arrived in Austin — San Antonio native Julius Whittier was a letterman on that team, the first African-American football…

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