Campbell, Will

Born in Amite County, Mississippi in 1924, Will Campbell became an ordained minister at age 17 before attending Louisiana College. After attending Louisiana College, Will served as a medic during World War II. Mr. Campbell held a multitude of professions over his career as a civil rights activist that resulted in an impressive resume. In […]

Churches of Lafayette County

Churches played a part in the Civil Rights Movement, such as Second Missionary Baptist Church and Burns Methodist Church in Oxford. Churches played a role in both education and in organizing rights-oriented activism. Sources: “We Cannot Walk Alone Exhibition” 15 November 2006 <>


The area of Oxford between North 7th Street and 5th Street extending south from Price to Jackson Avenue was originally called Freemantown. Oral tradition says that the area was sold to freed slaves after the Civil War and thus became known as Freemantown. By the turn of the century, small houses dotted the area, each […]

Integration of Ole Miss

(September 30-October 1, 1962) Lafayette County is the home of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. With buzz growing around the campus of Ole Miss possibly integrating in 1962, a national spotlight was turned on the campus. James Meredith, the first black student to attend Ole Miss, enrolled required federal protection and escort. Meredith was […]

LECTURE: Dr. John Hope Franklin, 2007 Civil Rights Education Summit keynote address

Date of Event: June 27, 2007 Location: University of Mississippi Dr. John Hope Franklin served as chairman for the advisory board of Bill Clinton’s One America: The President’s Initiative on Race in 1998. He is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law […]

LECTURE: Dr. John Hope Franklin, President Clinton’s Initiative on Race

Date of Event: March 11, 1998 Location: University of Mississippi Dr. John Hope Franklin served as chairman for the advisory board of Bill Clinton’s One America: The President’s Initiative on Race in 1998. He is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History in the Law […]

LECTURE: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Will D. Campbell Lecture on Faith and Social Justice

Date of Event: November 27, 2006 Location: University of Mississippi Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke’s School of Divinity, was the inaugural speaker for the Will D. Campbell Lecture Series on Faith and Social Justice at the University of Mississippi. Hauerwas’ work draws on a great range of literatures […]

LECTURE: Open Doors: Forty Years of Opportunity

Date of Event: October 01, 2002 Location: University of Mississippi Open Doors recognized the 40th anniversary of Dr. James Meredith entering the University of Mississippi. Dr. Meredith’s admittance marked the end of segregation for the University of Mississippi. According to the University website, “The 2002-2003 academic year is dedicated to the courage of Dr. James […]

LECTURE: Rev. James Lawson, The International Conference on Race keynote address

Date of Event: October 31, 2003 Location: University of Mississippi Rev. James Lawson was an important activist in the early days of the Civil Rights movement and was a leader in teaching and practicing nonviolence. He studied nonviolence in India before returning to the United States to study theology. Rev. Lawson was active in the […]

LECTURE: Rita Bender, “The Legacy of Slavery” and awards to C.C. Bryant & the Philadelphia Coalition

Date of Event: October 25, 2005 Location: University of Mississippi Rita Bender is currently a lawyer in Seattle, Washington. She has been an active participant in civil rights and justice advocacy since the early 1960’s. She served as a civil rights field worker for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Meridian, MS, and therafter […]

Marshall, Susie

Susie Marshall served over forty-one years from 1937 to 1978 as an educator in Oxford and Lafayette County. She was a Jeanne Supervisor for twenty-six African-American Lafayette schools from 1952 to 1964. She graduated from Rust College with a degree in elementary education in 1952 and received a Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi […]

NAACP of Lafayette County

Nathan Hodges, Jr. and others founded the Oxford-Lafayette County branch of the NAACP in 1952 at Second Baptist Church originally under the title of the Lafayette County Improvement Club. The first elected president was Mrs. Mabel McCune. In 1980, they established the W.R. Redmond Memorial Scholarship Fund for the purpose of educating an African-American doctor […]

Political Parties of Lafayette

Black Democrats during the Reconstruction period in Lafayette County included Joseph Taylor, Jim Nelson, Jack Carter, William Frierson, and Newton Chilton. These followed the traditional Democratic Southern Party. Republicans included Tobe Humphries, Bob Stockard, and Alexander Phillips. Phillips was a schoolteacher and preacher who came to the country after the Civil War. The Republicans were […]

Protest for Black Studies Curriculum

(2/25/1970) Eighty students and a black professor demonstrated for the establishment of a Black Studies program on February 25, 1970. After their attempt the students were arrested and taken to the Lafayette County Jail. Sources: “We Cannot Walk Alone Exhibition” 15 November 2006 <> Nelms, Chuck. “Thoughts and Recollections of Ole Miss Fall of […]

Redmond Jr., W.R.

The Reverend W.R. Redmond, Jr., served as pastor of the Burns United Methodist Church. In 1945, he organized the Oxford Training School football team. In 1971, he became the first African-American member of the Oxford School Board. A scholarship was founded in his memory to assist local African-Americans to attend medical school. Sources: “We Cannot […]

School Desegregation in Lafayette County

From the 1950s through the 1970s, many things changed for African-Americans on both the national and local level. In Oxford, organizations such as the Oxford Improvement Association, the Oxford Development Association, and the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services were founded. Schools were integrated resulting in the combined schools such as Bramlett Elementary, Oxford Junior High […]

Sturdivant, Syria Hayes

Syria Sturdivant Hayes is a prominent attorney in Meridian, MS. While attending the University of Mississippi School of Law, she became the first African American representative and the first woman representative in the student senate at the university. She went on to pursue a storied career in the law in her hometown of Meridian.

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton inaugurated an unprecedented national conversation on race. “One America: The President’s Initiative on Race” marked the first time a sitting president had called for such a dialogue without the catalyst of a major crisis. It suggested, on a federal level, the importance of dealing positively with race relations on a […]