Published on February 6th, 2014 | by SMUMN0
Alumni in Action: Brother Terence, civil rights leader
With more than 42,000 alumni, you might be surprised where, and how often, you’ll run into a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota graduate. Many of them the university calls “alumni in action” — alumni who are living the Saint Mary’s mission of service and leadership, transforming others’ lives and making a positive difference in their communities and beyond.
One such alum is Terence McLaughlin, FSC ’44 from Duluth, Minn. While at Saint Mary’s, he majored in social sciences. His extensive professional experiences since his graduation include: civil rights leader, high school administrator, teacher, coach, athletic director, college administrator and professor.
Brother Terence was responsible for integrating the first school, public or private, in Memphis, Tenn., in 1963. Against the advice of religious authorities before the Civil Rights Movement took hold, and challenged by the traditions and laws of the South, Christian Brothers High School was the only high school in all of Shelby County to accept African-American students.