By Travis Loller, Associated Press Writer
For their courage, they were expelled from school, and informed of that decision by letter while still jailed in Mississippi.
On Thursday, the historically black university made amends by presenting the former students with honorary degrees, three of them posthumously.
“It’s been such an honor. Higher than any expectation I had,” said Sandra Mitchell, 60, who accepted the Doctor of Human Letters degree on behalf of her late husband, William B. Mitchell Jr.