Breaking the color barrier at Louisiana State University
April 2, 2017
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — In 1951, a 41-year-old father of three became the first black student admitted to Louisiana State University who was allowed to attend.
Lutrill Payne Amos Sr.'s stellar academic and personal credentials initially led the university to send him a letter of acceptance to its school of agriculture. However, when he sent in the required photograph of himself, the school rescinded its offer and denied him admission.
He filed a federal lawsuit against LSU and its policy of segregation and won. He entered the graduate school of agriculture under court order in the summer o...