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African American Experience in Missouri: Larry Gragg

November 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Join Larry Gragg, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, for an exploration of ” ‘What are you going to do if a Negro student presents himself for registration in the fall?’: Missouri College and University Presidents Respond to Demands for Desegregation in 1950.”

Author of ten books, including Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years, Gragg will look at how difficult it was to achieve just a limited desegregation of the Missouri School of Mines and the University of Missouri in 1950. He will examine a range of factors, including changes in public opinion and precedents set by court cases, but he will focus upon the role of the presidents at the University of Missouri, Lincoln University, and the five state colleges as they addressed increasing demands for an end to segregation in public higher education in Missouri.

6:00 p.m. Light Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Meet and Greet

This event is part of the African American Experience in Missouri Series which offers opportunities to reach a new understanding of present-day Missouri by learning about the history of African Americans within the state.

Sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Center for Missouri Studies, and the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity.

Interpretive services will be provided for audience members with hearing impairments.


Center for Missouri Studies
605 Elm St
Columbia, MO, 65201
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