1968 Rodrigo Barnes ’73, Mike Tyler ’72 and Stahlé Vincent ’72 enroll at Rice, becoming the school’s first black football players. As student–athletes, these young men have … Read More
1996 The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) is established. The volunteer-led alumni group strives to stimulate intellectual and social participation, encourage contributions to the university’s ongoing efforts … Read More
” I knew that when my sister went to Rice, it was the beginning of something big,” said Susan Williams Patterson ’77. Her late older sister, Linda Faye Williams … Read More
The early 1960s was a heady time for kids like Ted Henderson ’70. Space Age competition between the Soviet Union and the United States was in full swing, with … Read More
Jackie McCauley was an academic star — the first black student in Texas to be named a National Merit Scholar — and some of the country’s most prestigious colleges … Read More
Charles Freeman’s quest to be different often got him into trouble. But his constant search for an identity pushed him beyond the racial tensions of the 1960s and to … Read More
1960 In order to bring Rice’s name in line with its identity as a broader educational institution, the Rice Institute changes its name to Rice University.
1960 President … Read More
True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace Alberto R. Gonzales ’79 (Nelson Books, 2016)
The former U.S. attorney general’s autobiography … Read More
IT’S SAFE TO SAY ANDI TENNER ’01 isn’t stuck in a daily routine. Her days vary so much that she has a hard time even making dinner plans. “The only thing … Read More
The following timeline and oral histories explore the steps that led up to Rice’s desegregation and feature the voices of black alumni who lived that experience.
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