|Auburn's first black student walks near Samford Hall after
enrolling for graduate study in history under court order in January 1964.
Thirty-one-year-old Harold Franklin left Auburn after one year without
completing work toward the degree. In the 1980s, he told a newspaper
reporter he left because he was "getting the runaround" about his thesis.
His major professor told the reporter that Franklin's thesis committee
was extremely fair to him. Franklin received a master's degree in
international studies from the University of Denver in 1976. He later
taught history at Tuskegee University and Talladega College, where he also
headed the Upward Bound Program. In 1996, Franklin, sixty-three,
was managing a mortuary. -- Photo: AU Photographic Services