For Something That Had Been Denied

In 1951, five African-American students enrolled in Carolina’s School of Law. The move effectively desegregated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The students who enrolled were Harvey Beech, James Lassiter, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd McKissick and James Robert Walker.

After they enrolled, other graduate and professional schools at Carolina began admitting African-American students. By the mid-1950s, black students were admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences.

“I just felt like we ought to open up all the windows and doors and air it all out,” Beech once said.  “If I hadn’t, some other child would have had to. We won a war for something that had been denied to other black boys.”

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