LeRoy Frasier

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: civil rights pioneer who along with his brother Ralph Frasier and another high school student John Lewis Brandon was among the first black undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina's flagship public university while they were students at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina when they applied to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955 and were rejected until a federal court judge ordered UNC-Chapel Hill to admit them because the siblings were not allowed to go to the golf course, the university-owned restaurant and hotel known as the Carolina Inn was off-limits while at the school (at football games they were seated in a section with black custodial workers, they lived on their own dorm flood and had to get a special dispensation to use the swimming pool), but the Frasier brothers completed three years at Chapel Hill and later both graduated from what is now North Carolina Central University, a historically black school in Durham, after UNC-Chapel Hill has since taken steps to make amends by inviting them to speak and naming scholarships after them.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart failure

 

Born: July 6, 1937

 

Died: December 29, 2017

 

Location: New York City, New York