After integrating Auburn University more than 50 years ago, Harold Franklin Sr. finally has his diploma. Franklin graduated from Alabama State College in 1962 and enrolled at Auburn University to earn a master’s degree in history. The Talladega native’s thesis—on the Civil Rights Movement— was deemed too controversial by some professors. Despite repeated adjustments, Franklin’s thesis was never approved. Auburn awarded Franklin an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2001, and in February 2020, Auburn invited Franklin back to school to defend his thesis, the last roadblock to earning his master’s degree.