Marshalyn “Penny” Yeargin – The First One


April 25, 1966
–  Almost two years after Sweet Briar has taken its case to the Circuit Court of Amherst County, the college files its complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and obtains a temporary restraining order from Judge Thomas J. Michie on the same day. His order prevents any further racial restrictions from Attorney General of Virginia and the Commonwealth‘s Attorney for Amherst County towards Sweet Briar College. Under this injunction, the board is able to create an anti-discrimination policy of “admissions for Sweet Briar College, unrestricted as to race, creed or color“.

August 31, 1966– The college admits its first African-American student: Marshalyn Yeargin, a transfer from the black women‘s Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She majors in biology, her dream is to become a doctor.

Amherst New Era, September 1, 1966

Amherst New Era, part II

Sweet Briar News, September 30, 1966

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