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10.24.14 News Trailblazers
Hannah Marley • The Daily Beacon

Theotis Robinson, the first African-American student to attend UT, spoke about his experience Wednesday in the first lecture of the "Trailblazers Series."

UT 'trailblazer' opens diversity-themed lecture series

"We're sorry, but we don't accept Negroes."

That's what Theotis Robinson, the first African-American student to attend UT, was told when he applied for admission to the university in 1960.

Robinson spoke in the Hodges Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon about the challenges he faced as an African-American student during the Civil Rights Movement as well as the importance of remembering people in the past who paved the way for future success. Sponsored by the UT Office of Diversity and the Commission for Blacks, Robinson's lecture was the first lecture of the "Trailblazer Series," which showcases prominent ...