James L. Sweatt III, MD
Dr. James L. Sweatt III is a former member of the Texas State University System Board of Regents. He is a board certified thoracic surgeon (retired), holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Middlebury College, and received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Sweatt is a nephew of Heman Marion Sweatt and is a civil rights pioneer in his own right: In 1958 he became the first African American ever admitted to the Washington University School of Medicine. In 1976 he became the first African American member appointed to the board of directors of Parkland Memorial Hospital of Dallas. In 1995, he became the first African American president of the Dallas County Medical Society. Dr. Sweatt also served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon before entering private practice in the Dallas metro area.
Source: Texas State University, biography of past commencement speakers.
Remembering Heman Marion Sweatt
James L. Sweatt III M.D.
After reading Gary M. Lavergne’s book about my uncle, Heman Marion Sweatt, I was amazed at the amount of detail he managed to uncover during his exhaustive research, including a myriad of details that I had not heard as I was growing up during those trying and turbulent times. His development of a cast of characters, real people that I knew, came to life again, and this time, their motives became clear and interesting.
I am very pleased with Before Brown and applaud this timely and important contribution to Texas and American history.