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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

When is Black Alumni Week?

Black Alumni Week will be held from Monday, September 28 through Sunday, October 4.

How do I register for Black Alumni Week?

Online registration is easy – Register Here. For questions about registration, please contact Erin Hutchins at

How much does it cost to attend Black Alumni Week?

Registration is free! T-shirt will be available for $20.  More information to follow.

When does online registration close for Black Alumni Week?

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!

What does the registration fee include?

No fees. Registration is free! You can purchase a t-shirt for $20.

Where is lodging available during Black Alumni Week?

Virtual Event. No lodging is necessary.

What is the attire for Black Alumni Week?

The attire for the majority of the Black Alumni Weekend events is casual. We look forward to seeing your face on the screen.

Are children/families invited to attend?

Yes! Children and family members are invited to all Black Alumni Week events. There will be special activities for children throughout the week.

Are there special services available for attendees with disabilities?

The recording will be available with transcript for viewing after the event.

I can’t attend Black Alumni Week, but would like to make a gift to Auburn University. How do I do that?

To make a scholarship contribution, please click here. Thank you for your support.

What is the cancellation and refund policy for Black Alumni Week?

Requests can be made by emailing Erin Hutchins at by 5:00 p.m. CST on September 30, 2020.

Photos from Black Alumni Weekend 2019

Black Alumni Stories

  • Lynthia Edwards Artwork
    The Eye of the Artist: Lynthia Edwards '00
  • Keith Cain '98
    Keith Cain '98
  • Kris Sims '16
    The Power of Black Tears: Kris Sims ’16
  • Tommy L Davis '10
    Tommy L. Davis '10
  • Maurice Robinson '08
    Maurice Robinson '08
  • Bruce Kaalund '84
  • Tiffany Welch '94
    Tiffany Welch '94
  • Samuel "Skip" Vaughn '76
  • Johnetta Jackson Henry '77
  • Theresa Steele Mitchell '01
  • Justin Robinson '16
  • Kelli Tolbert ‘92
  • Vertrina Grubbs '92
  • Lora Bailey '87: From The Plains To New Mexico
  • Kelvin Redd '90
  • Nicole Harris '14
  • Starrah Huffman
    Starrah Huffman '15
  • Kitrell Henderson Jr.
    Kittrell Henderson Jr. '08
  • Erika Sankey
    Erika Sankey '15
  • Olivia Cook
    Olivia Cook '14
  • DJ Gorgeous performing in Birmingham.
    Aisha Stroud ‘09: Banker by day, DJ Gorgeous by night
  • Sidberry currently works for Carter's Inc.
    Phillip Sidberry ‘11: Putting heart into art
  • Hathaway was the first African American ceramics teacher at Auburn.
    Sculpting a Better Auburn: Isaac Scott Hathaway
  • Hillman poses at Auburn this past year.
    Danyelle Hillman ‘99: Auburn's first African American female cheerleader continues to inspire
  • Robinson owns her own company, JayRo Productions.
    Jaylin Robinson ‘11: Freelancer to business-owner
  • Ileeia Cobb helps make OLLI the best it can be.
    Ileeia A. Cobb ‘11: Using passion to Serve Senior Citizens
  • Scouting Champions, Allen Greene
    Travis Coleman '07: Scouting Champions
  • Ashley Gooden
    Ashley Gooden '14: Reporting Live
  • Weston Sims '19, Calvin Wilborn '19 make national impact on DNC
  • CJ Uzomah Running
    From Tiger to Tiger: Auburn Alumni on the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Kim Burton '88
    Kim Burton '88
  • Cherith Fluker '01
    Cherith Fluker '01
  • Khiari McAlpin '09
    Khiari McAlpin '09
  • Sophia Bracy Harris
    Sophia Bracy Harris '72
  • ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
    ShaRhonda Holmes-Stinson '05
  • Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
    Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01
  • Paige Horace '13
    Paige Horace '13
  • Brandeis Reasor '06
    Brandeis Reasor '06
  • Tay-Lea Clayton '10
    Tay-Lea Clayton '10
  • Angelica Parker '11
    Angelica Parker '11
  • Yameeka CEO
    Yameeka Jones '01: Success Through Confidence
  • Paula Ducker-Davy '89
    Paula Ducker-Davy '89
  • Ashley Gayles '09 2
    Ashley Gayles '09
  • Jermelle Matthews '09
    Jermelle Matthews '09
  • Krystal Moore '07
    Krystal Moore '07
  • Sharne Rice '10
    Sharne Rice '10
  • Gabrielle Brundidge '13
    Gabrielle Brundidge '13
  • Jessica Alexander '11
    Jessica Alexander '11
  • Wanona Satcher '02
    Wanona Satcher '02
  • Tanya Anderson '95
    Tanya Anderson '95
  • Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
    Josetta Brittain Matthews '66
  • Mshon Pulliam
    Mshon Pulliam ‘12: Talking Potential
  • Mercedes Linton '14
    Mercedes Linton '14
  • Tracey Childs '98 & '00
    Tracey Childs '98
  • a photo of Erin Hutchins by the Auburn sign
    Erin Hutchins '09
  • Tiffany Davis '98
    Tiffany Davis '98
  • Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
    Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
  • Janayah Hudson '96
    Janayah Hudson '96
  • Angela Jenkins '94
    Angela Jenkins '94
  • Janice Jones '04
    Janice Jones '04
  • Sharonne Jacobs '94
    Sharonne Jacobs '94
  • Natalie Walker '16
    Natalie Walker '16
  • Jada Kidd Robinson '94
    Jada Kidd Robinson '94
  • Kimberly Mitchell '01
    Kimberly Mitchell '01
  • Natalie Stevenson '12
    Natalie Stevenson '12
  • Octavia Spencer
    Octavia Spencer: First Auburn Grad to Host SNL
  • Maya Pressley High Jump - Action Shot
    Maya Pressley '13: Olympic Hopeful Jumps Higher
  • LaNita Harris Photo
    LaNita Wright '09: Caring for Her Young Community
  • Drew Tipton and son
    Drew Tipton '08: Stitching Faith and Fashion
  • Greg Phillip Curtis photo
    Gregory Philip Curtis'11: Carving A Dream
  • Monica Gibbs photo
    Monica Gibbs '02: Exploring Creative Design

Share your own personal story and add to the history of the African-American experience at Auburn University by clicking the button below.

Tell Us Your Story

Black Alumni Stories

  • i.e. Cam Newton '15
  • Any photo submitted is subject to be used on our website and in any external marketing campaign.

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.


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Erin Hutchins ’09

Inclusion & Diversity Programs Coordinator
(334) 844-1146

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