Commercial Appeal newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
Following the rejection of their application to enroll at Memphis State College in June 1954, five African American students sued the Tennessee Board of Education and Memphis State College. At the Federal Court in Memphis, Tennessee, on October 17, 1955, are (l-r): Quill Cooper (Tennessee Commissioner of Education), J. Millard Smith (Memphis State College President), and R.P. Clark (Memphis State College Registrar). The court upheld the gradual desegregation plan drawn up by the State Board of Education which would start with graduate students in 1955-1956 and only reach freshmen in 1959-1960. The first African American students were admitted to Memphis State University in 1959.
1955 October 17
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"Memphis State College integration suit, 1955" (2021). University of Memphis. 42.
Memphis State College., University of Memphis., College integration--Tennessee--Memphis., Segregation--Tennessee--Memphis.