BPW Foundation's Women Misbehavin' Blog

Well behaved women never make history

Remembering the Women During Black History Month

Posted by YWM on February 7, 2012

This Day In History

Saluting a Misbehavin’ Woman

Roy Wilkins, Autherine Lucy and Thurgood Marshall , 1956 Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Autherine Juanita Lucy was the first African American to integrate the University of Alabama.  She was also will also be remembered as the first black student in the history of desegregation to be suspended by a school after a riot of white students and community members protesting her attendance.  Despite her February 7, 1956 suspension and subsequent expulsion, which was overturned in April 1988, she earned her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama in 1992.

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