Where Integration Happened

Bus tour highlights desegregation sites across Oxford town

OXFORD, Miss. – As the bus pulled away from the Lyceum on Tuesday (Sept. 27), Margaret Gipson, an African American resident and lifelong educator in Oxford, sat primly on the front row. Today, she would hear stories of integration across Oxford and at the university where her grandfather worked but was not allowed to attend.Read the story …

Undergraduate Student Publishes Sleep Research Paper

UM senior studies correlation between brain anatomy and sleep duration

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior has published a scientific paper on one of the most essential human needs: sleep. Nicole Jones, a biology major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, is investigating whether the size of the caudate nucleus, a structural component of the brain, can be linked to how longRead the story …

Perseverance: Turning Trials into Triumphs

Economics and public policy leadership major refuses to accept status quo

As part of the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, this is the first of a four-part series based on the themes that are inscribed on the Civil Rights Monument on campus: perseverance, courage, knowledge and opportunity. These student stories reflect the characteristics that James Meredith embodied six decades ago when heRead the story …

Meredith Scholarship Established on 60th Anniversary of UM Integration

Alumnus creates award to honor civil rights leader, help new generations of students

OXFORD, Miss. – A new scholarship fund honors civil rights hero James Meredith just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, a historic achievement that opened the door for thousands of other students. The James H. Meredith Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by UM alumnus Dr.Read the story …

New Faculty Members Bring New Perspectives on Studying the South

Andrew Donnelly and Ryan Parsons spent time on campus before joining faculty

OXFORD, Miss. – Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again, but perhaps it is possible to return to a college campus after a few years away. New University of Mississippi faculty members Andrew Donnelly and Ryan Parsons aren’t returning home, per se, but they are back in a familiar place. They both studiedRead the story …

Two UM Staff Make Top 20 Under 40 Young Professionals List

Anna Lauren Heavener and Shawnboda Mead honored for community work, leadership and service

OXFORD, Miss. – The Oxford Eagle and Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce have named two University of Mississippi staff members among 20 LOU young professionals under age 40 being recognized for their volunteerism, leadership and service in the community. Anna Lauren Heavener, success coach in the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience, and ShawnbodaRead the story …

Beating Brain Drain

Gift to CME aims to keep graduates in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. – With a gift of $62,500 to the University of Mississippi‘s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the family of Charles Holder Jr. hopes to keep graduates in the state while also honoring their father. The gift establishes the Charles B. Holder Jr. Scholarship Endowment in honor of Holder, who served as anRead the story …

University to Honor James Meredith’s Legacy

Signature event to highlight first African American student’s courage, impact

OXFORD, Miss. – Sixty years after civil rights activist James Meredith integrated the University of Mississippi, students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests will gather in his honor to commemorate the anniversary of that defining moment in the university’s history. Meredith, who became the first African American student to enroll at UM on Oct. 1, 1962,Read the story …

Panels to Discuss UM Integration, Media

Overby Center invites notables, scholars of 1962 integration to speak on campus

OXFORD, Miss. – This fall, a panel of speakers organized by the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics will discuss the violent 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi. Later, another panel will give three African American women, leaders of major Southern newsrooms, an opportunity to speak on the climate of journalism in America.Read the story …

Library Events Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Integration

Alumna Dottie Chapman Reed, research librarians offer historical account, new perspectives

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Libraries‘ Department of Archives and Special Collections is commemorating the university’s 1962 integration with two lectures and an ongoing exhibit. The lectures offer a one-of-a-kind historical perspective and new digital scholarship exploring the response to the integration. From the Depths of the Archives The materials lining the DepartmentRead the story …