|"I leave you love, hope and the challenge of
developing confidence in one another; I leave you a
thirst for education, respect for the use of power, faith
and racial dignity; I leave you a desire to live
harmoniously with your fellow men and a responsibility to
our young people."
--Almetris Duren quoted Mary McLeod Bethune in her letter of resignation advising the University of its obligations to students.
Mrs. Duren helped establish the Universitys first minority recruitment program, Project Info and started the Innervisions of Blackness Choir. In 1978, she received the Margaret C. Berry Award for outstanding contributions to student life at The University of Texas. UT President Lorene Rogers awarded her the 1979 Presidential Citation for outstanding service. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers in 1980. Her friends granted her Texas Exes Life Membership No. 10710. She was also presented with a key to the City of Austin. To this day, "Mama Duren" is given highest honors and thanks by the generations of students to whom she served as mentor and friend.
Almetris Duren assembled a sizable archive documenting the problems and issues faced by Black students at UT from 1950-1980, crucial decades of change. This is available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, for research at the UT Center for American History located in SRH Unit 2.
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