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Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin is hosting its 34th Annual Heman Marion Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights on Thursday, Feb. 27, 4-7 p.m. at the Engineering Education and Research Center (EER, Mulva Auditorium).

This year’s symposium will focus on critical civil rights issues including racial disparities and the impact of voting and the U.S. Census.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote: Ben Crump, a lawyer for the families of many Black Americans killed by police, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Botham Jean. He is the author of “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People.”
  • Leslie Hernandez and Maria Renee Morales of JOLT Action, the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and influence of young Latinos
  • Hallease Narvaez, executive producer of StumbleWell, a creative production company based in San Antonio with a global reach

The evening will include an announcement of this year’s Heman Sweatt Student Legacy Award winner. A reception will follow from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to request accommodations, contact: 512-471-3212.

Thursday, February 27 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), Mulva Auditorium
2501 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

Event Type

Campus & Community, Policy & Law, Social Justice


Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public






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