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First Black Student to Integrate Auburn University Earns His Master's 51 Years Later

An 87-year-old college graduate — Harold Franklin Sr. — has endured a long battle on his educational journey to earn his master’s degree and 51 years later he can finally say he’s obtained it. On Jan. 4, 1964, the then-graduate student stepped onto Auburn University’s campus as the first Black student to integrate their campus in pursuit of his master’s degree, Face 2 Face Africa reports . Upon his arrival, the university denied Franklin admission and a dorm room to which the Talladega native followed through with a lawsuit. Back in 1963, Federal Judge Frank Johnson ruled that Auburn allow him to enroll. However, his master’s thesis was repeatedly rejected up until 1969, preventing him from earning his degree. “I thought I did a good job on the thesis,” Franklin told . “One professor told me mine had to be perfect. I came back and made the adjustments they suggested.” “They still complained about this or that. I had been to the thesis room and read the white kids’ thesis,” he...

Aug 20, 2020