8:35 AM, August 18, 2006

Sesquicentennial Lecture

See this link for a complete schedule of the Sesquicentennial Lecture Series.

Auburn University Desegregates

Speaker:  Martin T. Olliff.  He received his Ph.D. in History from Auburn University and currently directs the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture at Troy University, Dothan Campus, and is author of “’Just Another Day on the Plains:’ The Desegregation of Auburn University,” which appeared in the Alabama Review (April 2001).

On January 4, 1964, Harold A. Franklin became the first African-American to enroll at Auburn University. His action was a defining moment in the confrontations between pro- and anti-segregation sentiments within the university community, among the citizens of Alabama, between black applicants and the university, and between the federal courts and state government. It also represented a signal event in the life of the young man who broke the color barrier at Auburn.

Harold A. Franklin received a bachelor’s degree in history from Alabama State University, enrolled as Auburn University’s first African-American student two years later, and in 1974 earned his master’s degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

 Date and Time:  September 12 at 4 p.m.

Location:  The Special Collections and Archives Department located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Sponsored by:  The Auburn University Libraries, The Center for Arts and Humanities, Auburn University Outreach, and Auburn University Sesquicentennial Committee.


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