UGA will honor retired federal judge Horace T. Ward with an honorary doctor of laws degree during the Spring Graduate Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 9 in Stegeman Coliseum. Ward was the first African-American to challenge the racially discriminatory admission practices of the University when he applied for entry to the School of Law in 1950. After his admission was denied and subsequent court case dismissed, Ward earned his J.D. at Northwestern University in 1959. In 1979 Ward was appointed to a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, making him the first African American to sit on the federal bench in Georgia.
Read more about him in the biography Horace T. Ward: Desegration of the University of Georgia, Civil Rights Advocacy, and Jurisprudence by Maurice C. Daniels found on the Law Library Balcony KF8745.W29 D36 2001.