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Civil Rights Hero Tells Students ‘We Were Your Age’

David Dennis Sr. and David Dennis Jr. lead discussion about their book OCTOBER 27, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT David Dennis Sr., a civil rights activist and original Freedom Rider, looked out at a crowd of University of Mississippi students and had a realization. “We were your age,” Dennis Sr. said. “When you look back on […]


The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son and a Legacy of a Freedom Ride

‘The Movement Made Us’ Authors to Speak at UM

Book tells story of original Freedom Rider and civil rights activist OCTOBER 21, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Authors David Dennis Jr. and David Dennis Sr. are set to host a conversation Tuesday (Oct. 25) at the University of Mississippi about their book, “The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son and a Legacy of a Freedom Ride.” […]


Ethel Scurlock

Generations: The University of Mississippi Then and Now

Four Black families share perspectives on their UM experience OCTOBER 17, 2022 BY BENITA WHITEHORN When civil rights activist James Meredith (BA 63) integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, he made it possible for thousands of other Black people to follow him, including his late son Joseph, who received a doctorate in business administration in 2002, […]


Rhondalyn Peairs

Where Integration Happened

Bus tour highlights desegregation sites across Oxford town SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE 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 […]


Ethel Scurlock

Ethel Scurlock Named Honors College Dean

First female African American dean brings administrative expertise, new vision to role JULY 25, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ethel Scurlock has always been a trailblazer, and in her new role as dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, she hopes to exceed everyone’s expectations – even her own. […]


Derrick Harriell and Patrick Alexander

Remembering a Mississippi Leader

Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship Established in African American Studies January 26, 2022 By Mary Stanton Knight/ UM Development A generous gift from an anonymous donor will provide the University of Mississippi African American Studies Program with an endowed scholarship that honors a Mississippi civil rights leader. The $100,000 gift establishes the Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship Endowment to help […]


Students Honored for Creating Positive Change

Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams are first recipients of scholarship honoring Donald Cole January 18, 2022 By Rhodes Walker A student activist, professor and leader, Don Cole has retired from the University of Mississippi but continues to influence the lives of Ole Miss students through a new scholarship endowment. Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams – the inaugural […]


UM Student Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholarship

Brigitte Lewis’ research could stimulate awareness of erased histories January 6, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith A graduate of the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Brigitte A. Lewis, who graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in African American studies […]


Jared Barnes (right), a senior biology major from Grenada, talks about his biodegradable drug delivery system research during a poster presentation for the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant program. Photo by Shea Stewart/UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Immersed in Summer Research

Undergraduate program opens doors to new creative scholarship September 15, 2021 BY Shea Stewart Sydni Davis found herself in rewarding new territory this summer. The University of Mississippi sophomore from Tupelo spent the summer conducting interviews with Black women, gaining valuable experience in ethnographic methods as part of a summer research project. “I am proud of myself […]


Sullivan-González Passes Baton to Next Generation of Leaders

Ethel Scurlock named interim dean of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College July 20, 2021 By JB Clark Douglass Sullivan-González is almost as excited to return to the classroom as he is to see the next generation of leaders at the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College put their stamp on the prestigious program […]