“Black Power at Ole Miss”: Remembrance, Reckoning, and Repair at Fifty Years
The University of Mississippi invited UM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the LOU community to a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the protests and mass arrests of Black students which took place at the University of Mississippi on February 25, 1970. This was sponsored by the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, with support from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost.
Black Power at Ole Miss: Remembrance, Reckoning, and Repair at Fifty Years was held February 24 and 25 at various locations and times on the University of Mississippi campus. The detailed schedule of events was as follows:
February 24, 2020 | Fulton Chapel | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: film screening, a panel discussion moderated by professor and author Ralph Eubanks (UM ’78), and a staged reading of the hearings of eight students who were expelled in 1970 with attorney John Brittain
February 25, 2020 | Student Union Ballroom | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: a luncheon for current and former University of Mississippi students and alumni, sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Black Alumni Association, the African American Studies Department, and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
February 25, 2020 | Fulton Chapel | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: a commemorative ceremony at the site of the arrests
February 25, 2020 | Student Union Ballroom | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Black History Month Keynote with Dr. Yusef Salaam, one of “The Exonerated Five.”