Kitty Oliver, a celebrated journalist, nonfiction writer, and oral historian, entered the University of Florida in 1965. She was one of only 35 African American students of 18,000 enrolled and one of only 5 black freshmen to integrate campus housing. Her story, told in Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl (2001), is intriguing for its portrayal of the first-wave of black students who integrated the predominantly white institutions in the Florida State University System. Oliver, from Jacksonville, traced her mother's roots to the South Carolina Gullah people. She was an only child and the first in her family to attend college. Her choice to attend University of Florida (UF) instead of the more popular Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) provides a fascinating entry into better understanding state education in the past.
Evans, Stephanie Y.
"I Was One of the First to See Daylight: Black Women at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities in Florida since 1959,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 85:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol85/iss1/4