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Autherine Lucy

Born: Oct 5, 1929

Birthplace: Shiloh

Nationality: United States

Autherine Lucy

Date of Birth : Oct 5, 1929
Birth Place : Shiloh

Autherine Juanita Lucy was the first black student to attend the University of Alabama, in 1956. Autherine was born on October 5, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama. Her father was a sharecropper; she was the youngest child in a family of five sons and four daughters. After attending public school in Shiloh through grade ten, she attended Linden Academy in Linden, Alabama. She graduated in 1947, and went on to attend Selma University in Selma for two years, after which she studied at the all-black Miles College in Fairfield. She graduated from Miles with a BA in English in 1952. In September of that year, she and a friend, Pollie Myers, a civil rights activist with the NAACP, applied to the University of Alabama. Lucy later said that she wanted a second undergraduate degree, not for political reasons but to get the best possible education in the state. Although the women were accepted, their admittance was rescinded when the authorities discovered they were not white. Backed by the NAACP, Lucy and Myers charged the University of Alabama with racial discrimination in a court case that took almost three years to resolve.

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