Professor Emeritus Discusses His New Book At Southern Oaks Library


It may be hard to believe now but as recently as 1967, black students and faculty members at the University of Oklahoma were not only not welcome on campus, but were actually threatened.  OU’s third black professor, Dr. George Henderson, has written about the racial battles fought and, mostly, won in his memoir “Race and the University.”

Dr. Henderson, the Sylvan N. Goldman Professor Emeritus, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus and Regents Professor Emeritus of Human Relations, Education and Sociology, wrote that “I did not want this part of our history to be lost. It is our story, not just my story. This is so personal. I think this book is my most authentic work.”

Dr. Henderson will discuss the book and the times it covers at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker
(631-4468) on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m.  The session is part of the Metropolitan Library System’s celebration of Black History Month.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website,

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