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Full Court PressMississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball$
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Jason A. Peterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808202

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808202.001.0001

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I’ve Made My Last Trip to Places like Mississippi

I’ve Made My Last Trip to Places like Mississippi

(p.171) Chapter 6 I’ve Made My Last Trip to Places like Mississippi
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Jason A. Peterson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter takes a closer look at the decision by the State College Board to eliminate the unwritten law, the first appearance of integrated basketball in the Magnolia State with the 1966 addition of Perry Wallace at The University of Vanderbilt, and the integration of Mississippi State’s college basketball program. In the 1963 aftermath of the unwritten law, Mississippi’s newspapers returned to support the ideals and values of the Closed Society and ignored the historical and social significance of athletic integration. However, over time, the views on race in Mississippi began to change. Evidence of this transformation in Mississippi’s press was apparent during the basketball-based integration of Mississippi State. In total, the anger and debate that had saturated Mississippi’s newspapers during the era of the unwritten law was gone and in its place was a Fourth Estate that attempted to find a journalistic balance.

Keywords:   Mississippi State, Unwritten law, Perry Wallace, Journalism, Integration

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