Autherine Lucy

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Autherine Juanita Lucy was the first black student to attend the University of Alabama, in 1956. She was born on October 5, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama and graduated from Linden Academy in 1947.

She went on to attend Selma University in Selma, and the all-black Miles College in Fairfield - where she graduated with a BA in English in 1952.

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  • ''They were fighting tradition and change. It just wasn't my time.''
    Autherine Lucy (b. 1929), African American civil rights pioneer. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). In February 1956, Lucy beca...
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