Eskridge, Charles Sanford, Jr. (1937–1984)

By: Charles H. Cox

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

Charles Sanford Eskridge, Jr., activist in the cause of the handicapped, son of Charles Sanford and Olivee (Fortenberry) Eskridge, was born at Wink, Texas, on August 6, 1937. His father was assistant commissioner of education for special education and rehabilitation and director of community services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Eskridge attended Garland and Austin public schools, East Texas State University, and the University of Texas, where he received the bachelor of journalism degree in 1962 and the master of journalism in 1965.

He was a journalist and public information consultant. He served with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the University of Texas Office of Personnel Services and Employee Relations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Center for a Barrier Free Environment, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. In 1974–76 he helped establish a city owned and operated transportation system for the handicapped. He helped draft the Employment Rights Protection Act. From 1969 to 1979 he helped write and pass numerous bills for the benefit of handicapped persons in Texas, including the expansion of the Architectural Barriers Act. Eskridge was a compliance consultant to many organizations for the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In 1980 he was cofounder of MIGHT (Mobility Impaired Grappling Hurdles Together), a statewide organization dedicated to addressing all problems of the handicapped. Eskridge was a member of University Christian Church in Austin. In 1980 the Austin City Council named February 21 Charles S. Eskridge Day and passed a resolution of appreciation for his work. Eskridge died on August 5, 1984, in Austin and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.

Austin American-Statesman, August 7, 1984.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Charles H. Cox, “Eskridge, Charles Sanford, Jr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 01, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995