Texas AgriLife and Civil Rights

TAEX Basics: Questions Raised Early and Often about Civil Rights at the Texas (AgriLife) Agricultural Extension Services

By Greg Moses

One powerful component of the Texas higher education system has proved itself stubbornly impervious to the challenge of civil rights. Throughout the 20th century, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service (TAEX: now known as Texas AgriLife) has served as a textbook model of institutional segregation. And that tradition is in evidence today.

With its traditional headquarters at the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, TAEX reaches into virtually every county in the state, deploying an influential network of county agents whose work is supposed to bring cutting-edge science to the service of average citizens.

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