Auburn News

The Frustration of Harold Franklin pt. 2

We find Harold Franklin coming off of his first court case against Auburn University victorious.

After filing his first lawsuit to gain admission to Auburn, Franklin and his attorney, Civil Rights lawyer Fred Gray, took the school to court again, this time to fight the racially discriminate housing practices on-campus and around the city of Auburn.

Arriving on Auburn’s campus January 4. 1964, to move in and register for classes, Franklin was immediately put into the protective custody of F.B.I. agents. State troopers, under orders from Gov. George Wallace, patrolled campus all day, blocking everyone except authorized students, faculty, staff and professional journalists from entering campus.

This was done to deter anyone from blocking Auburn’s integration or attempting to harm faculty and students, as was the case with the University of Alabama and Ole Miss, but, as Franklin points out, the group of people causing the most concern were the ones assigned to protect and serve.

The full story of Auburn’s integration process is available in the Summer 2014 issue of Auburn Magazine, available now.

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