Alabama honors Autherine Lucy Foster for Women’s History Month

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Savannah Denton

Women’s History Month began Wednesday, and the University of Alabama Intercultural Diversity Center honored beloved educator and history-maker Autherine Lucy Foster.

The interactive program focused on her historical contributions, especially to the university. Attendees watched virtual presentations and had a reflective opportunity to share how Foster’s work has impacted their lives.

“Really and truly, Autherine Lucy Foster will always have a place in history. Without her sacrifice, without her hard work, without her dedication, an African American woman such as myself would not be here,” said attendee Farrah Sanders.

Foster was the first Black student to successfully enroll at UA in 1956. She attended for three days before the university expelled her over threats of riots and violence.

Last year, the university renamed the Department of Education Building in her honor.

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