- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The University of Mary Washington has honored a civil rights activist whom it once rejected.

Local news outlets report that on March 14, the school awarded 78-year-old Gladys White Jordan with the Monroe Medal, an award that acknowledges a person’s efforts that “benefit humanity and society.”

Jordan was recognized for her perseverance to succeed and her lifelong commitment to education, social justice and equal rights.

Jordan says that she wanted to attend the university after graduating high school. Jordan, who is African-American, says that the school did not accept her because of the color of her skin.

Leah Cox, special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion, said during the award presentation that the university had a chance to make something right.

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