Recollections and Reflections: Celebrating Fifty Years of Diversity
August 24-26, 2017
Please join the University of Mississippi School of Law in honoring our pioneering African-American graduates and in celebrating fifty years of diversity. In 1967, Reuben Anderson was the Law School’s only African-American graduate. Since that first graduate fifty years ago, over 490 others have followed. At this pivotal moment in the Law School’s history, we invite you to join us as we, the entire Law School community, celebrate this milestone!
First, we would like to honor our earliest African-American graduates. Come join us as they share recollections of their Law School experiences during the first five years following desegregation and reflect on how those experiences shaped their lives. Next, we will learn how those experiences have changed across the decades as we listen to representatives from classes of the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. We invite you to attend both panels and be a part of the discussion.
Please join us in the following calendar of events where you can rekindle old relationships and begin new ones. Our hope is that you not only will be challenged and informed but also will discover the exciting new things happening at the law school and throughout our vibrant alumni community.
Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this historic event fifty years in the making.
Thursday, August 24
Dean’s Welcome Reception: 5:30-7:00
Law School Atrium
For those who arrive on Thursday, please join us for a reception in the Law School. Our new dean, Susan Duncan will be on hand to welcome and meet everyone.
Friday, August 25
Welcome Room: 9:00-5:00
Drop into the Welcome Room throughout the day to register, have a drink and a snack, rest, connect with old friends, and make new ones. You can also sign up for a tour of the Law School building.
Law School Atrium
Come to lunch and start off the day’s events. Are you curious what the Law School is doing now? Enjoy a brief presentation on the “State of the Law School.”
Panel #1: 1:30-3:00
Recollections and Reflections: Our Pioneers
Panelists: Hon. Reuben Anderson, Mr. Warren Cox, Mr. James Ford, Hon. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Hon. Geraldine Page, Hon. A.C. Wharton
Panel #2: 3:15-4:45
Recollections and Reflections: Perspectives Over the Decades
Panelists: Rep. Willie Perkins, Hon. Isadore Patrick, Ms. Erica McKinley, LaToya Redd Thompson, Mr. Rod Hickman
Ole Miss Inn
Fee: $35 per guest
We invite all of our graduates to participate in recognizing the sacrifices, strength, and determination of our pioneer graduates in breaking the color line at the Law School.
Hosted by Dean Susan Duncan
Oral History Recording: Throughout the day
Sign up to record an oral history and preserve your law school recollections and reflections. We would love to capture your thoughts and experiences for teachers, students, scholars, and future generations.
Saturday, August 26
Double Decker Bus Tour
Leaving from the Law School
Has it been a while since you have been back to visit? Take a bus ride around campus and Oxford to see what has changed and what remains the same.
Casual Closing Lunch: Noon
Law School Atrium
Take this last opportunity to socialize with friends and make plans to get together again soon.
Also available: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Tours of Campus
Would you like to see more of campus? Do you have a child or grandchild considering college? We can make arrangements for you to tour campus and to speak with an undergraduate admissions officer.
Law School Admissions
If you would like to meet with a representative of the Law school Admissions Office, just let us know. They would love to speak with you.
Please request the Recollections and Reflections: Celebrating Fifty Years of Diversity Block of rooms:
The Inn at Ole Miss
120 Alumni Drive Oxford, Mississippi 38677
Book online or by calling before July 24th. Use group code 3052.
Looking for Memories
If you have pictures of yourself or your classmates (then and now) that you are willing to share, we would love to have copies. Please attach in JPG format and send them to email@example.com, or contact Professor Davis for a different submission method.