ヽ(͡° ͜ʖ I'M NOT THE MASTERBAKER FROM YESTERDAY♥️
Dr. Harold Franklin, 86, has finally received his master’s degree from Auburn University!
In 1964, Franklin, a Talladega native, was the first African-American student to integrate Auburn University. Initially, Franklin said Auburn denied him admission to the university and a dorm room on campus. Franklin added he and long-time civil rights attorney Fred Gray defeated Auburn twice in federal court. In 1969, the young Alabama State University graduate ran into barriers at Auburn when he submitted his thesis to get his master's degree. The roadblocks ultimately kept Franklin from graduating from Auburn. He left and got his master's degree from the University of Denver. Auburn University invited Franklin to come back to the university in February to finally defend his thesis. He was set to walk across the stage in May but that didn’t happen due to COVID-19. His degree came in the mail last week.