In 1956, Autherine Lucy, a Black student was expelled from University of Alabama within the first three days of starting a master’s program in Education. Lucy had enrolled at the school just after the Supreme Court case, Brown vs Board of Education deemed segregation of public schools illegal. It wasn’t until 1988 that Lucy’s expulsion was annulled and she re-enrolled in the same program. She graduated in 1992.
KBCS’s Ruthie Bly brings you this story about Autherine Lucy’s commitment to pursue her master’s degree. This story is produced in partnership with Sankofa Impact. Sankofa Impact is a non-profit organization which hosts events and trips to engage community in informative and transformational discussion around the Black freedom struggle.
Educator, Poet and Spokesperson for Take Em Down NOLA, Michael Quess? Moore spoke in Seattle in August of 2020 about Confederate Symbols, and why he advocates to take them down.
Also, in this segment, Eleanor Chang-Stucki, Sankofa Impact Project Pilgrimage intern and student speaks to three confederate symbols in Washington State.
Producer: Ruthie Bly