Dr. Melvin Sikes
Dr. Sikes was born in Charleston, Missouri and raised in Gary,
Indiana. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, training at
Tuskegee, then San Angelo (Texas) before being assigned to the
477th Bomber Group at Godman Field, Kentucky as bombardier
and navigator. After World War II, he received training as a fighter
pilot. 2nd Lieutenant Sikes was honorably discharged in 1946 with
multiple awards and medals.
Completing his Ph.D. in 1950 at the University of Chicago, Dr. Sikes
relocated to Austin, Texas in 1959, and attended the University of
Texas for post-doctoral study. Dr. Sikes practiced as a clinical
psychologist in Austin, then returned to the university as a
professor, campus consultant and program director.
Dr. Sikes is an acclaimed author, penning The Administration of
Injustice (1975) and Living with Racism: The Black Middle-Class
Experience (1994), with Joe R. Feagin. In 1999, the city of Austin,
Texas celebrated Black History Month by honoring Dr. Sikes with
one hundred banners lining Congress Avenue from the Colorado
River to the Texas Capitol Building.
Dr. Sikes is now retired Professor Emeritus of Educational
Psychology at the University of Texas (Austin), and resides in
Austin with his wife of 50 years, Zeta.