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Virgil Hawkins

In celebration of a barrier breaker

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In 1949, an educator applied to the University of Florida Law School and was turned down. The applicant, Virgil Hawkins, was black. The law school and the court system in Florida were white and racist. The application began a nine-year fight going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled for Hawkins. That landmark fight will be celebrated as part of Black History Month in a special program at 7 p.m. Saturday in Branscomb Auditorium on the campus…

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