Norman Francis: A legacy of change

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On April 4, 1968—the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated—Norman Francis was in Philadelphia meeting with leaders of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Francis, who had worked for 10 years in administrative positions for the sisters at Xavier University of Louisiana, had previously turned down two offers to become the university’s first black lay president. But on this historic day, he changed his mind.