About Gary Lavergne








The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state's public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996; the Festival has quickly evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, annually hosting over 200 Texas and nationally known authors. In 2006, more than 45,000 visitors participated in a week-end of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.

Source: Texas Book Festival Website at: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/Mission.php

2010 Texas Book Festival Session on Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall and the Long Road to Justice

Pictured above in the Texas State Capitol, Dr. Dwonna Goldstone moderates a 2010 Texas Book Festival session featuring author Gary Lavergne. Click here or on the photo to hear Dr. Goldstone and Gary discuss his book.

Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall, and the Long Road to Justice

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time: 2:00 - 2:45
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014 

Gary Lavergne masterfully described how the NAACP used the Sweatt v. Painter case to practically invalidate the "separate but equal" doctrine that had undergirded segregated education for decades. Lavergne has also appeared on Dateline NBC, the Today Show, the History Channel, Biography, American Justice, the Discovery Channel, and many other network and cable news programs.

Moderator Dwonna Naomi Goldstone is the author of Integrating the Forty Acres: The Fifty-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas, the 2006 Coral H. Tullis Memorial Prize winner for the best book on Texas history.

In the clip below, Gary describes issues related to Heman Sweatt's application to the University of Texas Law School.

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