Education: Alabama's Scandal

Of all the Southern universities that have been forced to open their doors to Negroes,* none have reacted so violently—or surrendered so abjectly to mob pressure—as Alabama. All week a storm of hatred swirled around the lone figure of Autherine Juanita Lucy, 26, the first Negro ever admitted to a white public school or university in the state.

The youngest child of a tenant farmer in Shiloh, Autherine Lucy began her fight to get into the university in 1952. Promptly rejected, along with her Negro friend Pollie Ann Myers Hudson, she took her case to a Birmingham Negro lawyer named Arthur Shores....

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