At the gentle prompting of Arnold Adoff, I am doing some research on the brave men and women who were breaking down barriers during the Civil Rights Movement. Their names, however, are not well known. Here’s one woman I did not know about, Autherine Juanita Lucy.
“Autherine Lucy was accepted to the University of Alabama. Once the university realized she was African-American, they told her state law did not allow her to attend. Marshall and other lawyers worked with Lucy to sue the university. After years of courtroom battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1955 that Lucy could go to the University of Alabama” (America’s Story from America’s Library – The Library of Congress)