Dr. Harold A. Franklin Finally Receives Degree
Graduate student Harold A. Franklin was the first African American to attend Auburn University, enrolling on January 4, 1964. Franklin was admitted under heavy guard and was kept isolated from other students in campus housing. Although obstacles of the era prevented Dr. Franklin from completing his degree at Auburn at that time, he went on to earn a master’s degree in history at the University of Denver, and later pursued a renowned career in Higher Education at many institutions. Now, Franklin at 84 years of age and over 50 years since he integrated Auburn University, successfully defended his thesis earlier this year and earned his master’s degree in May 2020.
To celebrate this monumental accomplishment, share your words of congratulations and gratitude for Dr. Franklin as he paved the way for Black Alumni and current students to attend Auburn University. Responses will be compiled and shared with Dr. Franklin as well as on our website and app. Select responses will also be shared on social media.
Frequently Asked Questions
Black Alumni Week will be held from Monday, September 28 through Sunday, October 4.
Registration is free! T-shirt will be available for $20. More information to follow.
Online registration for Black Alumni Week closes on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Some events do have a limited capacity, so we encourage you to register early to ensure a spot!
No fees. Registration is free! You can purchase a t-shirt for $20.
Virtual Event. No lodging is necessary.
The attire for the majority of the Black Alumni Weekend events is casual. We look forward to seeing your face on the screen.
Yes! Children and family members are invited to all Black Alumni Week events. There will be special activities for children throughout the week.
The recording will be available with transcript for viewing after the event.
Photos from Black Alumni Weekend 2019
Black Alumni Stories
Share your own personal story and add to the history of the African-American experience at Auburn University by clicking the button below.
Alumni can also donate scrapbooks, diaries, journals, letters, photographs and other items related to their time at Auburn University to the Special Collections and Archives Department. In doing this we can ensure that future generations know what life was like for years to come. To make a donation, contact Tommy Brown at 334-844-1733.