Dana Jean Smith and Gloria Odoms filling out paperwork to register for classes

Gloria Odoms (right), on February 4, 1963.

 

 

Gloria Odoms, 1964 Pedagog

Gloria Odoms, 1964 Pedagog

 

 

Miss Odoms enrolled as a freshman; she transferred from Texas Southern University.  She joined three other women in the Registrar's Office -- which was then located in the Main Building -- on February 4, 1963. 

 

 

She returned to campus in 2014 to be honored as part of Texas State's 50th anniversary of integration.  Powell remembers a saying her mother used: “You’re no better than anybody else, but there’s nobody any better than you.”

 

As part of the event, she offered the following advice to students:

 

When you go to class, go to learn not socialize.

 

– Gloria Odoms Powell, 2014

 

 

 Source: From segregation to integration: The first Black students at Texas State University