Clennon King Jr. was the first black man to run for president. But before blazing that trail, the professor at an all-black college tried to enroll in the University of Mississippi to earn his doctorate. The school, also known as Ole Miss, was whites only, and it was declared that any black man who pursued a position at a white college had to be insane. After being ruled mentally ill and spending two weeks in an asylum, King’s life was effectively ruined, no matter how much he tried to fix it.

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