Ron Hurdle has quite a story to tell. In 1971, he earned a degree in theatre from TCU. During his time as a student, he was elected TCU’s first Black cheerleader in 1969.
After TCU, Hurdle enrolled in the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School, earned two master’s degrees and a law degree, started his own law firm and teaches at the college level.
On Feb. 7, he will share his wealth of knowledge with the TCU community at the Race & Reconciliation Initiative’s Black History Month event, Breaking Barriers.
“Hurdle’s story breaking barriers as one of TCU’s ‘firsts’ helps our campus understand both TCU’s and America’s bumpy transition from segregation to integration,” said Karen Steele of the RRI task force. “We think his story also exemplifies two qualities that continue to mark TCU values: resilience and connection.”
The event emerges from RRI’s oral history project, which collects stories from the campus community that tell a fuller history of TCU.