The University of Mississippi has held a series of events in recent weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of its desegregation. But as The New York Times noted, some have questioned whether the emphasis is on the wrong time period. Much discussion has noted the progress of the last 50 years to the point where the president of the student body is a black woman. But Charles W. Eagles, a history professor and the author of The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, has prompted campus discussion with a talk in which he said that the university was celebrating its progress and not talking about the realities that came before integration. "The doors were open for 50 years yes, but they’d been closed for a century,” he said. “We don’t want to talk about that do we?"
- 'The Price of Defiance'
- Racism defines post-election student protests at Mississippi, Hampden-Sydney
- U. of Mississippi tries new approach to its history with race -- and faces criticism
- 'Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement'
- In Memoriam to a Memorial
- Federal judge finds Maryland discriminates against its public black colleges
- Threat to Black Colleges
- Federal judge gets ready to decide suit by supporters of Maryland's historically black colleges
Search for Jobs