From the Archives: Some Historical Perspectives on Race on Campus

I was digging through the NDQ Archives last week looking for snazzy cover to post.

I found this image from 41.1 (Winter 1973) of a untitled sculpture by Stanley O. Johnson who served as chair of the University of North Dakota’s Art Department.

Winter  73

More importantly, I found William T. Doherty’s account of the confrontation at the University of Mississippi in 1962. Written with an element of historical detachment (but not avoiding moral judgement), Doherty unpacks the deeply political context for the admission of James Meredith, the university’s first black student, and its aftermath. As we continue to contend with issue of race on campus, this article offers us little guidance from history other than to remind us of the tremendous sacrifice of a few and failures of so many.

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