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Meek School student writes about flag controversy for NBC

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by cjoyce

Ann-Marie Herod writes about flag removal for NBC BLK The recent decision to remove the MS state flag from campus thrust Ole Miss once more into the national media spotlight — but this time it was students leading efforts for change, as well as leading media coverage of the events.

In a powerful essay written for NBC News, “Your Heritage is Hate: Take Down the State Flag at Ole Miss,” Meek School student Ann-Marie Herod lamented what the flag has meant for her personally as an ambassador for the university:

“There was a time where we were not wanted at this University. To some that may have been fifty years ago, to others that may have been just a few years ago, and for me it was just last week…every week I face the challenge of convincing students why they should come to Ole Miss. It makes my job ten times harder when I have to convince minority students to see beyond the confederate flags that are literally in every tent during home games.”

Read the full essay here.


The Years Since 1962

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by alysia

Multiple events in the series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of Mississippi were held in the Overby Center at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, including a concluding event focused on the years since 1962. Speakers, from left, were Dr. Donald Cole, mathematics professor and assistant to the chancellor; Valeria Ross, who coordinates African-American student organizations; and Dr. Gerald Walton, former professor, provost and acting chancellor. Dr. David Sansing, history professor emeritus, introduced the speakers and at right is Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the university.