A posthumous law degree has been awarded to Lloyd Gaines during the Missouri Bar’s annual convention in St. Louis. Gaines’ quest to enroll in the University of Missouri’s law school in 1938 went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. When the Court ruled that MU had to either enroll Gaines or create a separate law school for Blacks, the university set up a very basic law school for blacks. Discouraged, Gaines left for the University of Michigan, where he earned a master’s degree in economics, but he disappeared in 1939, last seen leaving a Chicago boarding home.
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