Lamar Beach at Town Lake Metro Park to be renamed after Volma Overton, Sr.
A lifelong champion and advocate for civil rights and racial equality, Volma Overton, Sr. helped lead the effort to desegregate the Austin Independent School District; served as president of the Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and organized numerous demonstrations and actions to combat racial inequality, systemic racism, and institutional inequities. Overton was laid to rest in 2005 with Military Honors at the Texas State Cemetery alongside judges, senators, legislators, congressional leaders, governors and other legendary Texans.
“Volma Overton, Sr. is a treasured figure in the history of Austin’s fight for civil rights, and his memory will be celebrated by Austinites for generations as they enjoy this park,” said Council Member Kathie Tovo, the item’s sponsor. “This recognition will highlight and amplify Volma Overton, Sr.’s commitment to a better and more just Austin as well as remind the broader community of the additional work and restorative actions that must be done to honor Volma Overton, Sr.’s legacy and vision for a more equitable and inclusive Austin for all.”
Mayor Pro Tem Member Alison Alter said, “Volma Overton, Sr. was a champion for civil rights, desegregation and many other important community issues. I'm delighted to see his memory and legacy honored.”
Council Member Leslie Pool said, “Volma Overton , Sr.is a hero for Austin and our surrounding communities; his work to desegregate and open our public schools, places of worship, and recreational spaces to all will now be recognized and celebrated in a very prominent place in our city.”