Dr. Levi Watkins Sr., the sixth president of Alabama State University, was not a native of Montgomery, Ala., but his contributions to the city and state are noteworthy. In 1962, he joined the faculty of the historically black institution and transformed it into one of the top destination schools in the south. Dr. Watkins joined the staff of the school when it was still a small teacher’s college.
For years, the school had served as a base of operations for civil rights leaders, most especially the Montgomery Bus Boycotts of 1955. Rosa Parks, one of the civil rights movement’s most notable figures, attended the university.
Watkins came along during a time where racial tension in the South was at an all-time high and the civil rights movement faced some of its toughest challenges. Still, he led ASU to prominence despite the barriers of Jim Crow and other challenges. By…
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