Virgil Hawkins speaks with supporters during recess - Tallahassee, Florida

Virgil Hawkins speaks with supporters during recess - Tallahassee, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/14116
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Title

  • Virgil Hawkins speaks with supporters during recess - Tallahassee, Florida

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  • PR20629

Year

  • 1983

Date Note

  • Photographed on November 10, 1983.

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  • Accompanying note "Virgil Hawkins, age 76, Civil Rights pioneer in Florida, talks with supporters during recess of his own Florida Bar disciplinary case before Florida Supreme Court in which he represented himself."

    Biography Note

  • Virgil Darnell Hawkins graduated from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville in 1930. He served as a teacher and principal in Lake County before eventually becoming the public relations director for Bethune-Cookman College. In April 1949, Hawkins and five other African Americans applied for admission to professional schools at the University of Florida in Gainesville. They were denied admission because of their race, whereupon the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a lawsuit. The United States Supreme Court ruled against segregated educational institutions on several occasions in the 1950s, but Florida continued to deny Hawkins' admission to the University's law school on the pretext of preventing "public mischief." Hawkins finally agreed to withdraw his application after the state agreed that other African Americans would be permitted to enroll at the school. Hawkins went on to earn his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1964.

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  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

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