Univ. of Alabama’s first Black student receives honorary doctorate

Sixty years after she was expelled from the University of Alabama due to on-campus riots protesting her admission, 89-year-old Autherine Lucy Foster of Shiloh, Alabama, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the university. 

Foster was first accepted to the University of Alabama in 1952, though she was not allowed to enroll at the university for another four years. Her initial acceptance had been rescinded because of her ethnicity, but a federal court order reversed the decision allowing her to enroll in 1956.

Foster attended the school for three days before being expelled due to violent riots following her admission. When her expulsion was annulled in 1988, she re-enrolled at the university and earned a master’s degree in education in 1991.

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