Before Making Military History, She Witnessed One Of History's Worst Race Riots

“A tireless voice for justice and equality” in the words of Barack Obama, the late Olivia Hooker (M.A. ’47) was the first black woman to enter the Coast Guard. In an interview before her death, she shared her story with NPR’s StoryCorps. #TCAlumni Olivia Hooker advocated for the military to open its doors to women of color. But even after policies started to change, “nobody seemed to be joining,” she said. So she decided to join herself.