First African-American Students Honored During UF Constitution Day Program
Fifty years ago, George Starke Jr. was the first African-American student admitted to the University of Florida College of Law. Professor Friel is one of many faculty members honoring the event to commemorate and remember the positive effect desegregation had on education. George Starke Jr. is among many who are speaking today at the 50th Anniversary celebration and he still remembers the way he felt his first day at UF. In honor of Starke and others who changed the course of history for higher education in Florida, UF is hosting the 50th Anniversary of desgregation during its Constitution Day Program today. Since desgregation in 1958, more than 12,000 African-Americans have since earned degrees at the University of Florida.