Early, Mary Frances
Early received her post-secondary education at Clark College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education in 1957, again graduating as Valedictorian. She continued her post-graduate studies at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and later transferred her studies to the University of Michigan to pursue a Masters Degree in Music Education during the summers, beginning in 1957. She decided that she would "join the struggle to help these two young people and do what I could to help end the segregation that was so prevalent in the South," subsequently pursuing her transfer to the University of Georgia. After an FBI-styled background check and interrogation by University of Georgia officials, the university admitted her to its graduate school for the summer quarter of 1961. Early completed her graduate degree in Music Education in 1962. She was the first black student to graduate from the University of Georgia.