Autherine Lucy

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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 became the first African American student to integrate the University of Alabama. Riots broke out, and she was expelled after three days. Thirty-two years later, the university wrote her a letter notifying her that the expulsion had been revoked and she could re-enroll.
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