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As Students Protest For Palestine, the Ghosts of UM’s Past Rise Again

A styrofoam cup full of icewater flew out of the hands of a counter protestor and across the partly cloudy sky toward a group of pro-Palestine protesters at the University of Mississippi on Thursday, marking the beginning of a tense hour on the Quad. Some among a mostly white, mostly male group of counter protesters engaged in racist, sexist displays and hurled epithets.

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Opinion | Jessie Simmons: Teacher and Unsung Civil Rights Hero

“Jessie’s story is a reminder that the civil rights movement did not push society to a better version of itself with a singular, vast wave toward freedom,” Valerie Hill-Jackson writes. “Rather, little ripples of courage fashioned it with one person, one schoolteacher, at a time.”

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