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To add an event to the schedule or calendar, contact committee chairman Chuck Ross at

For all other questions including those related to tickets* and parking, contact Christine Wallace, director of University Public Events at or 662-915-5203.

* Only the Sept. 27 Eric Holder event and the Oct. 1 event featuring Harry Belafonte will require tickets (which are free).

A message from the subcommittee chair

The Civil Rights subcommittee was appointed and charged by the Chancellor of The University of Mississippi to oversee commemorative campus activities that would inform, educate, and provide deserved recognition and acknowledgement to the historic, meaningful, and significant activities that occurred on October 1, 1962 when Mr. James Meredith became the first African American student to enroll in The University of Mississippi. The committee has appropriately themed this period of acknowledgement “Opening the Closed Society.” The year-long celebration will run from September 2011 through October 1, 2012.

Harry Belafonte will serve as the keynote speaker on the evening of October 1 for the official “Opening the Closed Society” program that will honor this important event which forever changed our institution and state.

The committee looks forward to leading the campus remembrance of this significant occasion with events that will provide tributes and acknowledgments to the opening of what was once a closed society.

Charles K. Ross, Ph.D
Chair, Civil Rights

Committee Members:

Dr. Charles K. Ross, Chair Civil Rights Movement Subcommittee, Director of African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of African American Studies and History

Dr. Andy Mullins, Co-Chair Civil Rights Movement and Civil War Subcommittees, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor and Associate Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education

Dr. Donald Cole, Co-Chair Civil Rights Movement and Civil War Subcommittees, Assistant Provost and Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Amy Wells Dolan, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education

Tom Eppes, Chief Communications Officer

Jennifer Farish, Associate Director Integrated Marketing

Dr. Jennifer Ford, Head of Special Collections and Associate Professor

Dr. Susan M. Glisson, Director William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Julian Gilner, Assistant Director University of Mississippi Alumni Association

Michael Hoffheimer, J.D., Law School

Dr. Jeff Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology

Kimbrely Dandridge, 2012-2013 President of the Associated Student Body

Jan Murray, Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art

Dr. Ted Ownby, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Professor of History

Valeria Ross, Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs & Volunteer Services

Christine Wallace, Director of University & Public Events

J. Coulter Ward, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement

Curtis Wilkie, Associate Professor of Journalism

Lauren Wright, 2011- 2012 Vice-President of the Black Student Union