Pike County students get their diplomas nearly 50 years later

It was a long time coming for the Pike County Consolidated High School senior class of 1969 to receive their diplomas.

Nearly 50 years.

On Saturday, about 40 men and women attended a ceremony where they were handed their diplomas. The school district’s superintendent refused to give the students their diplomas for holding a peaceful march in April 1969 to protest what they felt were discriminatory school district policies.

“We had no regrets ... because we made the right decision,” said Mildred Favors Dixon.

Read more about the special ceremony at

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Pike County Consolidated High School's senior class of 1969 on stage at a ceremony on March 3, 2018, to receive their high school diplomas. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM

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