A Presentation by Michael A. Olivas

photo from book "Colored Men" and "Hombres Aquí"Hernandez v. Texas

held October 2, 2007 at Perkins Student Center Gallery

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photo of Michael OlivasProfessor Olivas is the William B. Bates Professor of Law and founder/director of the University of Houston’s Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance. He will discuss his most recent book, “Colored Men” and “Hombres Aquí,” a study of a landmark, but often overlooked, Supreme Court case, Hernandez v. Texas. This historic 1954 Supreme Court civil rights case preceded the Brown v. Board of Education decision by just days. Brown made racial segregation in public schools illegal, in Hernandez the Court recognized for the first time that Mexican Americans constituted a distinct group entitled to recognition and protection under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. An expert in immigration law, Professor Olivas also discussed the current immigration debate.

This event was free and open to the public and was sponsored by

  • Redding Chair for the Study of Law & Public Policy
  • School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy
  • Institute for Public Administration
  • The Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs
  • Black American Studies
  • The Campus Alliance De La Raza
  • Center for Black Culture

top right photo courtesy of Michael A. Olivas from his book “Colored Men” and “Hombres Aquí”