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Lawsuit, protests paved way for first Black Tulane students

February 01, 2022 1:15 PM
SoPA News Staff
Pearlie Hardin Elloie, left, and the late Barbara Guillory Thompson were the plaintiffs on the landmark case that desegregated Tulane. They are pictured here during a campus visit in 2013. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)


Black History Month is a great time to explore the culture and struggles of Black people living in America.

At Tulane University, Black history was made in 1963 when the first students of color fought for—and won—the right to integrate.

Learn more about the African American student experience at Tulane by reading The Desegregation of a University. Then, delve into a world of resources available on the uptown campus including the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and the Amistad Research Center. 

The article on Tulane's desegregation was originally printed in the Fall 2013 issue of Tulane magazine to mark the 50th anniversary of the event. The author, Alicia Jasmin, currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Tulane School of Professional Advancement.

Full text here.