Texas Southern Mourns Death of Alumna, Civil Rights Pioneer Holly Hogrobrooks

Courtesy: Texas Southern University Media Relations
Courtesy: Texas Southern University Media Relations

Holly Adrienne Hogrobrooks, civil rights pioneer who helped to organize Houston’s first sit-in on March 4, 1960, died January 22 after a lengthy illness. Her efforts helped pave the path to end segregation in Houston. She was 75.

Hogrobrooks, was an alumna of Texas Southern University and a journalism professor until her retirement in 2000. More than a half a century earlier, Hogrobrooks, along with several other TSU students led a sit-in movement that changed Houston forever.

A founding member of the Progressive Youth Association, which was started by students on TSU’s campus in the 60s, Hogrobrooks strategized withEldrewey Stearns, John Bland, Pete Hogrobrooks,Otis King, Deanna Lot Burrell, Halcyon Sadberry Watkins and many more on how that first act to end segregation in Houston would be organized. 

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