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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:29am

Civil Rights Honors Stalled

The University Board of Regents is still working to grant honorary degrees to Civil Rights activists.The recognition would go to 38 Albany State University students.

They were arrested and expelled in the early 1960’s, during the Albany Movement.

The Regents removed discussing the degrees as an agenda item for next Tuesday’s board meeting.

But Regents spokesperson John Millsaps says the board is still collaborating with Albany State on the request:

“I'm not aware of the exact nature of the timeline other than we're trying to work with the campus to figure out the best way to recognize some of these individuals.”
Roughly 70 students rallied Thursday on the Albany campus in support of granting the honorary degrees.

University Civil Rights Fellow Dr. Raquel Henry is optimistic:

“I am hoping that the Chancellor and the board will follow through on what they have promised. The students here and myself are not going to stop if they don't follow through.”

The honorary degrees are part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the Albany Movement protests.