Autherine Lucy, First African-American Student to Enroll in a University
February 3, 1956, Autherine Lucy became the first African-American to enroll at the University of Alabama. However, not long after Lucy's arrival to the University of Alabama, an angry mob retaliated due to her acceptance. Soon after, Lucy was expelled because the University could no longer provide a safe environment for her.
On this day in history Congress ratified the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1870.