In 1964, after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the College petitioned the state for the ability to admit African-American women. After several years of litigation, the school was integrated in September 1966.  Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop ’68 became Sweet Briar’s first African-American student. She is currently a member of Sweet Briar’s Board of Directors and was the commencement speaker in 2019

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