Event DateEvent Name
04-04-1951The Board of Trustees voted 61-14 to consider potential medical school students' qualifications "without regard to color or race." At the same time, they reaffirmed their policy that "equal" facilities were available for potential African American law students at the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University).
06-06-1951The United States Court of Appeals directed the University to admit African American students to its law school. As a result, four African American students enrolled and subsequently attended the University that summer. They were Harvey Beech of Durham, James Lassiter of Rocky Mount, J. Kenneth Lee of Greensboro, and Floyd B. McKissick of Asheville.
06-12-1951African American students attended classes at UNC for the first time in school history when Floyd McKissick, Harvey Beech, J. Kenneth Lee, and James Lassiter began classes in the law school.