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Who is Julius Whittier? A look at Texas Longhorns' first Black varsity football player

Among the many changes UT student-athletes have requested from the university include renaming a section of the football stadium after Julius Whittier.

Paul Livengood

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On June 12, 2020, current Texas Longhorns student-athletes banded together with a list of requests for the university to make amid the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Among the changes requested were the renaming of buildings on UT's campus, "replacing 'The Eyes of Texas' with a new song without racist undertones," and also renaming an area of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium after Julius Whittier

Former Texas cornerback Rod Babers also suggested creating a "Julius Whittier Section" in the football stadium. KVUE Sports Reporter Jake Garcia spoke with Barber about the compromise.