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Josh Ritchie / South Florida Sun Sentinel

W. George Allen, a hugely influential figure in Broward history and its black community, has died, his family confirmed Thursday. He was 83.

In 1962, Allen became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Florida. He once said: “I was admitted to Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, but I’m a native Floridian, and I felt that somebody had to integrate the University of Florida. The racists told me I didn’t belong there and I’d never graduate.”

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09/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Steve Waxman, discusses his new documentary, Instruments of Change, with its leading lady, a pioneer of integration and the arts, Dr. Ruth Greenfield. Julian Kreeger of the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami talks with Charles Greenfield about his new season of exciting concerts.