More than 50 years after being expelled from Albany State University for participating in the city’s civil rights movement, 32 former students will receive honorary degrees from the university this weekend.
The University announced today that those students will be given honorary baccalaureate degrees. One of the women will get a honorary doctorate degree.
The University System of Georgia announced on Thursday that 32 former Albany State students will receive honorary degrees. The students were expelled for joining the Albany Movement protests of segregation in 1961 and 1962. (WALB-TV)
The effort to honor and grant degrees to the civil rights trailblazers was led by ASU Assistant Professor Dr. Racquel Henry, who herself was awarded the inaugural “Faculty Member of the Year” by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy at its inaugural HBCU Awards earlier this year.