2005 hall of
2005 Hall of Fame
DR. JOESPH L ATKINS
Plaintiff in suit that prompted a federal court to order North Texas State University to abolish segregation, teacher, field representative for Classroom teachers of Dallas and Texas State Teachers Association.
JIMMIE TYLER BRASHEAR
Supervised student teachers at Prairie View A&M before coming to Dallas, first Black Supervisor in DISD, Organized Second Dallas Branch-Association of Early Childhood Education, Received Outstanding Texan Award from the Texas Legislature. DISD School named in her honor.
ATTORNEY WILLIAM J. DURHAM
Civil rights advocate and champion, legal counsel for more than 40 civil rights cases, including the equalization of teachers’ salaries and DISD school desegregation. He and other attorneys fought successfully to enroll Herman M. Sweatt at the University of Texas Law School.
DR. JOHN LESLIE PATTON
Introduced and taught the first Negro History class In DISD. Principal of Booker T. Washington High School for 30 years, appointed the first African American to a top DISD administrative position of Deputy Assistant Superintendent- Community Relations. DISD School named in his honor.
Teacher and curriculum specialist, brought suit against the Dallas ISD to force the adoption of a single salary schedule for white and “colored” teachers. DISD School named in her honor.
DR. ROSIE COLLINS SORRELLS
Director of early childhood education, developed the early childhood education curriculum for DISD, member State Board of Education. DISD School named in her honor.
Original plaintiff in the Dallas Desegregation Lawsuit filed in 1970. This case brought federal court oversight of the Desegregation of DISD schools. The Order was lifted in 2003. DISD School named in his honor.
DR. CAESAR F. TOLES
High school science teacher and principal in Carthage, Texas, before joining the staff at Booker T. Washington High School n Dallas ISD, Principal at Joseph J. Rhoads Elementary School, Professor of Education at Bishop College, Texas Southern niversity, Southern Methodist University and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. First staff member in DISD to earn a Ph.D.
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