Millsaps College

In the 1950s, students from Millsaps College and Tougaloo College held meetings attended by Medgar Evers to discuss race relations. This institutional cooperation was the result of the efforts of Tougaloo sociologist Ernst Borinski, who in the 1930s immigrated to the US from Nazi Germany and was an outspoken opponent of segregation. Millsaps College was eventually pressured by the Citizen’s Council to discontinue interracial meetings. Despite the college’s policy of segregation, several Millsaps faculty members and students were active in the movement. Called “perhaps the most courageous institution in the nation”by Greenville Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hodding Carter, III, Millsaps admitted African American students in 1965 to much public disapproval. After the 1967 murder of Benjamin Brown, Millsaps students and others marched from the campus to city hall in a show of condemnation of the J.R. Lynch Street shooting. In 1979, Millsaps College and Tougaloo College jointly sponsored an event commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of Freedom Summer.

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“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).