First Black Student at FSU Honored

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A former FSU student who single handedly desegregated Florida State University years ago, will now be remembered forever.

Maxwell Courtney was the first black student to come to FSU back in 1962.

Courtney is part of the Integration statue on Florida State's campus, and now he will also have a room in the alumni center dedicated to what he did for other African Americans and the university.

Although Courtney passed away in the late seventies, his family and friends were on hand Friday night to accept the dedication.

I think it's a great, great honor and we're so pleased to have the opportunity to witness it. I just wish his mother could have lived long enough to experience this, because he was very special in her life," says Maxwell Courtney's First Cousin, Dorothy Payne Williams.

Val and Jerry Demings were also recognized by the Alumni Association.

Val was the first African American Chief of police for the City of Orlando, while her husband, Jerry was the first African American Sheriff for Orange County.

Now, that's what you call a power-house couple.



 
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