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Pike County students get their diplomas nearly 50 years later

A 49-year wait for diplomas Members of the 1969 senior class of all-black Pike County Consolidated High School did not receive their diplomas. School district leaders denied them for students' conducting a peaceful march to protest discriminatory desegregation policies. Nearly 50 years later, they received the coveted pieces of paper during a festive two-hour ceremony. The day included thankful moments, like Samuel Starks' appreciation speech. Graduates like Sarah King celebrated the special day. The Cla

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.

ExploreRead more about the special ceremony at myAJC.com.
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
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