Melvin Ladson was the first Black student enrolled in 1961!

The Miami News reported on June 19, 1961 that fist integrated session went all serene at the University.

The Miami News reported on June 19, 1961 that fist integrated session went all serene at the University.

We are extremely excited to discover this never-been-reported information in The Miami News article published on June 19, 1961, because it is about the first Black student enrolled at the University of Miami in the summer of the first integrated session.

The student’s name was Melvin Ladson, who graduated George Washington Carver High School and was a brilliant student with an IQ of 144. He began college work at 15, got his master’s degree at 21, and he was already working as a speech therapist in Atlanta when he enrolled at the U at 24. Please click the above image to read the whole story.

The article also reported that there were approximately 40 Black students enrolled for the first year of the integration. This is also a new discovery for us because we used to think there were 19 students enrolled. Why isn’t there an exact figure? It is interesting to know that enrollment records did not reflect the race of the students.

FYI, it is a well-known historical fact that Mr. Benny O’Berry was the first African American student to graduate with a degree. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Education and received his diploma in 1962 at the age of 46.