Black History Month - Clarence and Evelyn Little

Clarence and Evelyn LittleMr. Clarence Little, a Seguin native, was born in 1932 and graduated from the historic Ball High in Seguin. He later attended Samuel Huston College on a football scholarship, until the college merged during his junior year with Tillotson College on Oct. 24, 1952, and became known as Huston-Tillotson College. The school was the sole provider of higher education for African-Americans in Central Texas until the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which launched the period of desegregation. Mr. Little was a proud participant of the first graduating class of the joint schools in 1953. During college, Clarence became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. before he was drafted into the Army where he served two years.


Seguin native Evelyn Spears Little also attended Ball High and Huston-Tillotson College where she graduated in 1954. Mrs. Little was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in college and was an active member who participated in the sorority’s service projects in Seguin after college.


Clarence and Evelyn Little married in August 1954 and began dedicating their lives to serving the community and schools in Seguin. Mrs. Little became the librarian at Ball High and played an integral role in the integration process by becoming the first African American librarian at Seguin High School in 196s. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and sang in the choir at Wesley Harper United Methodist Church. She retired from Seguin High School in 1989.


Mr. Little’s first teaching job was at Carver High School in Lockhart. He later taught at Seguin schools and served as principal at Burges Elementary, Juan Seguin Elementary and Erskine Elementary. Clarence retired and came back to Seguin ISD to serve as a truancy officer for six years. All told, his total years of educational service in our community spanned more than 40 years. He was the first African American member of the Seguin Rotary Club and still serves as an active member. He also served on the Library Commission, the Starke Park Golf Course Advisory Board and the Springs Hill Water Board.