We Are Texas East Mall Project

The first cohort of Black undergraduates, who refer to themselves as the Precursors,
started classes in 1956.

Edward Roby

Edward Roby entered UT in 1971.

“You just have to tell the truth about things. And some things are important. And some things you just need to know about, you just need to know about them, so you won’t make the same stupid mistake again… If you don’t heed, if you don’t learn from it, if you don’t learn from history, you’re gonna repeat it.”
Edward Roby


Photographed and interviewed on May 15, 2022 at the Moody School of Communications, UT Austin, Austin, Texas.

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Precursors Oral Histories Project