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Who Was 'Autherine'?

28 Mar 00 - 12:48 PM (#202676)
Subject: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: Doctor John

This lovely song appears on the Pete Seeger Folkways album "Love Songs for Friends and Foes" but apart from what I can deduce from the words I've never been able to discover who she was. And I can't look a forename up in a biographical dictionary. Any ideas? Dr John


28 Mar 00 - 01:01 PM (#202683)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: Ebbie

Doctor John, I typed autherine into a Yahoo search box and got lots of material. One says Hazel Dean Autherine, born 1929. Other material refers to the civil rights movement. Does any of this help? Ebbie


28 Mar 00 - 07:33 PM (#202930)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton

Autherine Lucy was a young girl who was subjected to the Southern brutality during the Civil Rights Movement.


28 Mar 00 - 11:25 PM (#203046)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: Sandy Paton

Autherine Lucy was the first African-American student to enter the University of Alabama, by court order, over the protests of then-governor George Wallace.

Sandy


29 Mar 00 - 12:14 PM (#203295)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: Doctor John

Thanks for the information. Dr John


29 Mar 00 - 02:17 PM (#203383)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson

Far be it from me to disagree with the distinguished Mr. Paton but I believe she was at U. Alab. in about 1953, at least one governor before Wallace. I think Patterson but I am not sure. Gosh, haven't thought of that album in years! Right next to Listen Mr. Bilbo which is an even earlier song


30 Mar 00 - 02:28 AM (#203764)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: Sandy Paton

You've gotta be right, Pete. Autherine Lucy's travail was in 1956, before George Wallace became governor of Alabama. My memory of him standing in the doorway is clear, but it wasn't to block Autherine Lucy's entrance.

Good on you, lad! I stand corrected. See you at NEFFA! Sandy (who has earned the occasional senior moment)


30 Mar 00 - 02:40 PM (#204033)
Subject: RE: Who Was 'Autherine'?
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson

Sandy-- glad between the two of us we could get it right (you remembered 1956, which I had wrong) See you at Neffa, to which I look forward! best to Caroline!