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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  1. spearman3004 says:

    My roots. A Grand Forks Central grad (Fed Judge John Davies) gave the order to integrate Little Rock Central in 57. Louie Armstrong gave a concert atthe Grand Forks Central auditorium the night before the Little Rock order & telegraphed from his Grand Forks hotel to as many people as possible to garner support for the Little Rock integration order. Makes me think their actions still influence the culture of Grand Forks today when MLK Day is still a big deal. BTW, UND grad & bro Jerry Severson received this King award 15 years ago.

    Thought this anecdote might generate interest about the Grand Forks cultural scene. Gary Severson, Chaska, Mn.

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