Mr. Volma Overton worked to ensure the rights of African-American Austinites by serving as President of the Austin National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1963 to 1983. He led the NAACP in demonstrating against segregated businesses, integrating Bastrop State Park, and leading a campaign to institute single-member districts for Austin City Council elections. As NAACP President, Mr. Overton is best known for his successful federal lawsuit to desegregate Austin schools, creating the diversity that is valued in our schools today. Overton also played an integral part in establishing the Austin NAACP chapter’s first credit union for the local African-American community. It would later merge with what is now the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.

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