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3. Autherine J. Lucy

Year: 1956
School: University of Alabama

After Autherine J. Lucy was admitted to the University of Alabama in 1956, an angry, violent mob of students and community members formed on campus to welcome her. Protesters hurled rocks and eggs at Lucy as she walked to her first classes, prompting local authorities to intervene, escorting the graduate student around campus for her protection.

The loud threats and mob-dealt jeers were apparently audible from Lucy's classrooms. Concerns for the girl's safety eventually forced school officials to suspend her only three days after she attended her first class. She was ultimately expelled from the college. Somehow, this still signifies progress. That's Alabama for 'ya.

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