It was the Civil Rights movement. It was the end of Jim Crow. It was a time of love, hate and everything in between. The year was 1968, and that April, on the second floor balcony of Memphis’ Lorraine Motel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. As the nation grieved, a group of students at MU decided to organize, and the Legion of Black Collegians was formed. For the African-American students on campus, the organization acted as an anchor in the middle of a political storm. A few years later, it held its first Black Homecoming celebration. Today, that tradition continues. Vox spoke with Whitney Williams, a senior at MU and president of the Legion of Black Collegians, to find out why, more than 40 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, MU still has two Homecomings and how the campus has progressed since then.
Mizzou's Black Homecoming tradition still stands
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