Education: Reverse Integration

During last week's commencement exercises at Fisk University in Nashville, slender Mary Greta Howard, 23, got her reward for two years' graduate study: a master's degree in race relations. Her academic record was topnotch, but she enjoyed an even rarer distinction. All but three of Fisk's 800 students are Negroes. Mary was the first white student to get a Fisk degree since the 1890s and one of relatively few whites who have earned a degree from a Negro college.

Why had Mary Howard decided to study at Fisk? Daughter of a U.S. Department of the Interior chemist, she was born in Washington,...

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