Op-Ed: Strip the Klansman’s Name from Simkins Hall

Thomas D. Russell

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

May 10, 2010

The Horn, May 10, 2010

This Op-Ed is an open letter to UT-Austin President William Powers in which Professor Russell asks that President Powers remove the name of Klansman William Stewart Simkins from a dormitory on campus. Professor Russell provides details regarding Simkins's involvement in the Klan during Reconstruction as a mask-wearing night rider who admitted to violence against freed slaves. Professor Russell offers a legal argument for denaming the dorm, namely that the Faculty Council misrepresented Professor Simkins's past when they recommended his name for the dormitory.

Professor Russell wrote this op-ed after media controversy emerged concerning his paper ‘Keep the Negroes Out of Most Classes Where There Are a Large Number of Girls’: The Unseen Power of the Ku Klux Klan and Standardized Testing at The University of Texas, 1899-1999 (March 22, 2010). University of Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1583606.

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Keywords: KKK, Ku Klux Klan, William Stewart Simkins, William Powers, Bill Powers, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, reconciliation, legal history, Brown v. Board of Education, Sweatt v Painter, Tom Russell, Thomas Russell, University of Denver

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Date posted: May 16, 2010 ; Last revised: October 14, 2010

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Russell, Thomas D., Op-Ed: Strip the Klansman’s Name from Simkins Hall (May 10, 2010). The Horn, May 10, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1608448

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