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MFP Voices

Black College Presidents Had A Tough Balancing Act During Civil Rights Era

College presidents between 1948 to 1968 had to deal with different segments of society that were at complete odds with one another.
On the one hand, they oversaw schools where students were increasingly protesting segregation. But they also had to deal with segregationist politicians who controlled state funding for their institutions.

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MFP Voices

Fixing the ‘Identity Tax’: Female Faculty of Color Do Extra Diversity Work Without Reward

Faculty members of color, in particular, pay an “identity tax,” which is exacerbated for women of color. They are asked to do more mentoring for students—especially students of color—as well as leadership and diversity work on campus. While this work is less valued for promotion, faculty members of color express that these responsibilities can give their work special meaning.

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Dr. Hilliard Lackey Paves Path to College for High Schoolers in Marks, Miss.

Dr. Hilliard Lackey, a long-time professor at JSU, has paved a path for students from his own hometown to attend the historically Black college in west Jackson. In the years since, the Lackey Scholarship has gone to students ranked as low as eighth in the class, as well as to the highest-ranked student (other than the valedictorian and salutatorian) who has chosen to attend JSU.

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