Ole Miss Crowns First African-American Homecoming Queen—50 Years After the University Ended Segregation

James Nye, Daily Mail (London), October 13, 2012

Fifty-years ago Courtney Roxanne Pearson would not have been allowed to enroll at the University of Mississippi because she was black let alone think of becoming the first African-American homecoming queen of Ole Miss.

Courtney Pearson

But today the 21-year-old senior English education student from Memphis is preparing for her historic crowning during the halftime ceremonies when Ole Miss faces off against Auburn University at the university football stadium.

‘I am still in shock, but I am definitely very excited,’ said Pearson who beat Ashleigh Davis for the chance to wear the crown 1,477 votes to 1,387 in a victory for the University of Mississippi’s reputation in race relations.

Ashleigh Davis

‘It couldn’t have come at a better time,’ added Pearson, who considers her victory a landmark for Ole Miss which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the admission of James Meredith, their first African-American student, which set off rioting at the southern college.

Pleased but stunned to have won the race, Pearson spoke about how she bucked the trend in winning the crown as an African-American.

‘We do have a typical tradition in that, that person is usually Greek, and that person is usually white,’ said Pearson to WDAM.

‘But, I think we’re kind of going away from that and really trying to look at what that person has done for the university, on what they’ve been involved in, what they’re grades are looking like, things like that.’

Aware of her unique position, Pearson wants to push other African-Americans to believe in themselves.

‘I feel like it’s an inspiration for others to be like, there’s nothing that can hold me back, not my race, not my greekness, or my non-greekness – whatever it is that I want to do, I can do it,’ said Pearson.

Reflecting on the fact that 50-years ago she would have been kept out of Ole Miss because of segregation, Pearson was clear what her homecoming queen victory means.

‘Now the students are saying ‘Not only do we want you to attend, we want you to represent us at a whole and go and show the whole world what we’re about and what we represent,’ said Pearson.

Pearson is pleased that her place in Ole Miss history is another step upon which future minority students can build.

‘I hope that after Homecoming 2012 everyone gives Ole Miss the respect it deserves and that this election inspires someone else to follow their dreams,’ said Pearson.

In 1962, when the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi was announced, riots began on September 30th in which two people died and 200 others were injured.

Some arrests took place with regard to the riot, but no one was convicted.

Meredith’s admission was hailed as a trailblazer and ‘really provided the pathway for an ongoing dialogue about race in a serious manner,’ said Jackson State University political professor Leslie B. McLemore to The Town Talk.

‘It caused Mississippi and some of the other states to examine where we were, who we are and where we are going.’

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  • Jed Sant Devi

    ‘It caused Mississippi and some of the other states to examine where we were, who we are and where we are going.’

    Yes, the old “examine” canard.  We are supposed to “examine” White prejudice and our White privilege, but just how closely will be be allowed to publicly “examine” our fast approaching minority status in America?Shouldn’t we “examine” the Knoxville Horror and what it tells us about “where we are going”? 

    How about all the black violence against Whites since Obama’s first election?  Surely they are indictive of “where we are going”.

  • Francis Galton

     Precious, version 2.0!  A hottie like Ashleigh Davis losing to this Wildebeest is just atrocious.  Maybe blacks were conducting a voter fraud test run before the Nov. election?  Just sayin’….  

    • IstvanIN

       Wildebeest are quite athletic.  I doubt she could run any farther than the distance between her car and the KFC counter.

      • Ni123

         “I doubt she could run any farther than the distance between her car and the KFC counter.”

        She can roll.

  • I believe this is what is called, “putting lipstick on a pig.”

    • Detroit_WASP

      LOL….don’t insult the pigs like that.

      When I was a student teacher near Detroit we had class elections for student council.  The class was 85% white and the worst two behaved students in the class, both black WON the election. 

      I’ll never forget the look on the teacher’s face as he counted the ballots in front of the class. 

      In short, all the blacks vote for the black candidate along with some white pseudo intellectuals who want to prove how “smart “cool” and “open-minded” they are by voting black.   Other whites are bullied into voting black.

      The rest of the votes are scattered among the more obvious better candidates.  If there are enough blacks and stupid whites voting, this is what happens.   This is another example of being too civilized for your own good….you lose elections like this and court cases like the OJ Simpson trial.     

    • IstvanIN

       Pigs are smart, tasty and have 185 different uses, does she have any uses?

  • The__Bobster

    A sowapotamus beating out a pretty White girl? Was it a cruel joke or a way to get over on YT by stuffing the ballot box?

  • Whites can be pretty suicidal. I can just see the liberal effeminate Whites looking at the queen and being so proud. The world is definitely under a spell.

    • Whites *can* be quite suicidal… but I think it was something else in this case. “Our liberal professors think it is time a Black girl won… alright! Let’s find them a real *exemplary* one!”

      This has more to do, I think, with sabotage than suicide.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    I think it’s pretty obvious somebody has a weird sense of humor.

  • Puggg

    This was inevitable after Ole Miss and Chancellor Osama bin Khayat dumped Colonel Reb and the nickname “Rebels.”

  • SarahConnor

    Proud to say if I had a daughter she would look like Ashleigh!

    • Sloppo

      You have my permission to have several of them.

  • IstvanIN

    Were the voters being sarcastic?

  • This is just embarrassing to the blacks themselves. 

    • dukem1

      Really!  Isn’t a homecoming queen supposed to be a pretty girl?   I think the students whose votes put her over the top were demonstrating a sense of humor regarding diversity. Looking at the pix of these two gals…ya just gotta think…you can’t make this stuff up!

  • Sloppo

    Now that she has won the title of Ole Miss’s Homecoming Queen, many doors should open up for Courtney Pearson.  I believe she should start modeling clothing for Victoria’s Secret.

    • IstvanIN

       Let’s keep that secret secret!

  • Maybe if the beautiful white girl had a black boyfriend she would have gotten more consideration. 

  • SlippedThroughTheCracks

    What a shame they elected that disgusting, black hog. The people that rejoice for it can wallow in the filth of their ignorance with that morbidly obese piece of livestock. However, the people that let it happen  should be ashamed.

  • 1911ThePunisher45

    Is the rear bumber of that car draging the ground?

  • When I first saw that niggapotamus I thought it was a joke. I guess the jokes on us……………

  • White and Proud

    Sorry. Here’s the article I was talking about.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/us/20race.html?pagewanted=al
    l

  • Tim

    Girl B passes the Peter Lawford test. Girl A does not…

  • Sarge

    Here we see the sense of entitlement taken to a new low. 

  • JohnEngelman

    I scrolled down expecting to see a photograph of a shapely, foxy black girl. What a disappointment! 

  • I’m somehow sorry for this black girl. As it is, she can be only an object of ridicule. I mean …. just look.

  • Since Dan gave this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/us/20race.html?pagewanted=al&_r=0
    How can a white man enter into something like that ? To have sons that don’t look like you a bit ?

    smh ….

  • Gene

    Actually these sort of interracial flash mobs are commonplace at many university campuses.