Knox Alumnus, Civil Rights Activist Finally Gets HS Diploma

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Even though (Knox alumnus Alva Earley) had earned all the proper credits to graduate (from Galesburg High School in 1959) with the other 360 students, GHS wouldn’t give him his diploma and banned him from the ceremony (after he took part in a civil rights protest in Galesburg)…

(Several) universities withdrew their acceptance letters, Earley says, and he then considered joining the Air Force until the president of Knox College, a private liberal arts school in Galesburg, granted him acceptance after hearing his story. But this week, Earley, now 73, finally got his long overdue diploma, (after) Owen Muelder and other classmates (at Knox) began contacting school officials (and) the Galesburg school board finally presented Earley with his high school diploma (on August 8, 2014)… Read more…