- Annual Meeting
- Get Involved
DUDLEY, CHARLES ARTHUR, JR.
DUDLEY, CHARLES ARTHUR, JR. (1894–1975). Charles A. (Doc) Dudley, black physician, civic leader, and civil-rights worker, son of Charles Arthur and Nancy Elizabeth Dudley, was born in Waskom, Texas, on January 10, 1894. He graduated from high school at nearby Marshall. After attending Bishop College in Dallas, where he excelled in football and baseball, he entered Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He financed his education by working as a Pullman porter and playing summer baseball in the Negro Professional League with such stars as Satchel Paige.
In 1923, upon completing his medical training, Dudley received a license to practice medicine in Texas. He moved to Victoria on January 1, 1924, and assumed the practice of his cousin, C. A. Whittier, who moved to San Antonio. Dudley long supported public education for black children in Victoria. Working with teachers at the black F. W. Gross High School, he helped furnish equipment not supplied by the school board. On January 17, 1940, he organized an athletic council that consisted primarily of black citizens. The council provided a fence, shrubs, grass, and cement walkways for the school. The school board later named an elementary school for Dudley.
He led a fund-raising drive to establish the George Washington Carver Civic Council, or Carver Center, for the recreational and cultural development of black youths. He was a member of the American Legion Citizens Committee, the Victoria Chapter of the State Progressive League, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. During the struggle to secure voting rights for blacks, he worked closely with NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, a future United States Supreme Court associate justice. Dudley died on January 24, 1975.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Biographical File, Victoria Public Library. Victoria Advocate, January 25, 1975.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Agnes A. Jewett, "DUDLEY, CHARLES ARTHUR, JR.," accessed July 23, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdu60.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.