Taking on the University of Alabama

Autherine Lucy was little known, even in her own day. She was a quiet library science student, while her best friend, Pollie Anne Myers Hudson, was the charismatic one. But on September 4, 1952,  Lucy and Hudson  applied to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa as two black women without indicating their race.

And they were admitted.

Once the university found out their race, however, it began to backtrack on the women’s acceptance. Three and a half years later, the university followed through, but on one condition: Hudson, who had married the father of her child after becoming pregnant, could not attend. Perhaps administrators had hoped the tactic would prevent the 26-year-old shy Lucy from attending as well.

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Emmett Till and the Black Press

In the late summer of 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was abducted, beaten, tortured, murdered before his killers dumped his weighted body in the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi.

And although the event had played no role in desegregating schools gaining voting rights, the Till murder and trial remains a key factor in the nation’s  piqued interest civil rights wrongs. But without the large role the press, especially the Negro press, played in informing the country, many aspects of this story would have been left unsaid.

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