Harold Franklin of Auburn University fame

Harold Franklin was the first African American to attend Auburn University. [2]  He does not have a Wikipedia article.

An internal search for his name does not turn up the only information about him on Wikipedia, in an article titled “Desegregation of Auburn University”. [3]

On Jan. 4, 1964, Franklin enrolled at Auburn at the school library with Graduate School Dean William Van Parker and other school officials, as news reporters and photographers stood by. [4] The university had been desegregated by federal order, after the federal government won several lawsuits against the university. Seven months earlier, Alabama State university had been desegregated, with Alabama governor George Wallace making his historic stand in the schoolhouse door to try to prevent the registration of students Vivian Malone and James Hood, who both have Wikipedia articles. Auburn was ordered to admit Franklin in Franklin v. Parker, 223 F.Supp. 724 (M.D.Ala.1963).

Franklin left Auburn in 1966 without finishing his degree, after being told a thesis on the civil rights movement would be too controversial. Auburn awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2001.[5] The school also honored Franklin with a historical marker in 2015. [6] Franklin finished his degree at other institutions and later became professor of history at Talladega College in Talladega Alabama. [7]

‘So, what does this have to do with gender, O wise and noble Genderdesk’, you may ask. Patience, grasshopper, this is all leading up to something, namely Wikipedia’s silencing of another civil rights activist, Heather Heyer, by an Alabama professor, coincidentally, or perhaps not so coincidentally, also of Auburn.

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