Robinson: A walk through Don Baylor’s Austin

From Eric Robinson at The Hardball Times on August 23, 2017:

If you talk to people of a certain age, they will remember where they were when they heard John F. Kennedy was shot in November of 1963. It was a sudden and internationally significant act of violence carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald (or by whatever group of people, depending on which theory of the assassination you believe) that also wounded Texas Gov. John Connally as the motorcade passed through downtown Dallas.

Don Baylor didn’t remember where he was when he heard about the JFK shooting as much as he recalled being in an Austin junior high classroom two rooms down from Gov. Connally’s daughter when she found out her father had been shot, by an announcement over the school intercom. It was a classroom in O. Henry Junior High which, prior to the 1962 school year, Baylor would not have allowed to attend due to his skin color.

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Originally published: August 23, 2017. Last Updated: August 23, 2017.