05.06.2019

Expelled in 1956, black woman gets doctorate at U of Alabama

Expelled in 1956, black woman gets doctorate at U of Alabama (Zach Riggins/UA Strategic Communications via AP)

Autherine Lucy Foster, the first African-American student to attend the University of Alabama, received an honorary doctorate degree Friday from the university where her presence brought mobs of protesters in 1956.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Foster, 89 received the degree during graduation ceremonies. She enrolled at the all-white university in 1956. However, she was expelled three days later after her presence brought protests and threats against her life.

Foster received a standing ovation Friday, news outlets report.

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