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1951 - Floyd McKissick Enters UNC Law School

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Modern Era Begins 1946-1959

Floyd McKissick enters UNC Law School:

  • In 1951 UNC Chapel Hill admits its first black students. Floyd McKissick, an Asheville native, enrolls as the only black student in the Law School.
  • Later McKissick becomes one of the South's leading civil-rights workers and leader of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality.
  • In the 1970s, McKissick is instrumental in the founding of Soul City, a federally financed "new community" in Warren County.