Little-known civil rights pioneer's papers donated to UVa

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Date: Nov. 6, 2003
From: Black Issues in Higher Education(Vol. 20, Issue 19)
Publisher: Cox, Matthews & Associates
Document Type: Article
Length: 416 words

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

When Alice Jackson Stuart sent a handwritten letter to the administrators who rejected her application to the University of Virginia in 1935, she became one of the earliest but least-known pioneers of the civil rights movement.

Stuart was the first Black person ever to apply to the university founded by Thomas Jefferson, and scholars say her gutsy move paved the way for legislation that paid for Blacks to attend out-of-state professional schools and, 15 years later, the admission of Blacks to UVa.

"It's a tribute to people like her who tried and failed that I am here," says Julian Bond, chairman of...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A111112024