Harrison B. Wilson Getting Honorary Doctorate from University of Kentucky - Higher Education: LEXINGTON, Ky. ― Harrison B. Wilson, Jr., who was denied admission to the University of Kentucky almost 70 years ago because it wouldn’t accept Black students and who went on to become a university president, is being awarded an honorary doctorate at UK’s commencement Saturday.
The Lexington Herald-Leader says Wilson, 89, and his grandson, 22-year-old Brandon Wilson, will receive degrees together at UK. Brandon Wilson is receiving his master’s in history.
“I consider it an honor,” said Wilson, who also is the grandfather of NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson.
Brandon Wilson talked to some of his professors last year about his grandfather, who ended up attending Kentucky State University, coaching basketball at Jackson State in Mississippi and eventually becoming president of Norfolk State University in Virginia—all historically Black universities.