It was fifty years ago today- November 23, 1968- an historic day at the University of Houston- Lynn Eusan on this date was crowned the homecoming queen during halftime of the University of Houston’s football game against the University of Tulsa. How is this historic? Lynn Eusan was the first black student to win that honor in the Deep South – she received more votes than five white finalists. Seven years before the University of Houston had been an all-white institution- the university integrated in 1962-63. Sadly, Lynn Eusan would be murdered three years later-the alleged murderer though was acquitted.
Also the game that day made a lot of noise- Houston under coach Bill Yeoman destroyed Tulsa by the score of 100-6. The week before they had beat the University of Idaho 77-3. I’d say there was a little running up the score there.