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UNA celebrates 50th anniversary of desegregation

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Wendell Wilkie Gunn spoke to UNA students and staff. Wendell Wilkie Gunn spoke to UNA students and staff.

This week, the University of North Alabama celebrates the 50th anniversary of school desegregation. Wednesday, the first black student to enroll at UNA addressed students and staff.

50 years ago Wednesday, Wendell Wilkie Gunn stood on UNA's campus as the university's first black student. Gunn shared his stories of survival, acceptance and success after being enrolled at what was then known as Florence State College.

Gunn discussed his hopes for the future, giving students a motivational message to reach their dreams.

"What I'm hoping is the day is going to come that black and white are just descriptive terms like tall, skinny, short, et cetera," said Gunn. "Don't have a lot of politics associated with it. Everything that happened to me at Florence State, now UNA, gave me plenty of reason to have that kind of hope. Maybe the rest of the world needs to learn the lesson of Florence State."

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