Black student gets honorary degree 63 years after she was denied college

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Autherine Lucy Foster was able to walk onto the campus of the University of Alabama in 1956, four years after she applied for admission, igniting a legal battle. Three days later, she was expelled.

Last weekend, she returned to the campus, this time in a wheelchair, to receive an honorary degree. She’s 89 now.

“As we rolled across the campus today, I said, ‘Gee whiz, this is a blessing in disguise to see this university permitting me to come on here and be involved in whatever they are doing today,'” she told a local TV station.

She received a degree in education from the university in 1991.

Related: An Indomitable Spirit: Autherine Lucy (Smithsonian)

  • Jack

    Thank you Autherine Lucy Foster for your part in opening universities to all in the South. This honorary degree is long over-due.