transcripts of interviews
Click here for a page with links to primary documents related to the integration of the UM professional schools.
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An oral history project on the integration of the University of Mississippi School of Law and the University Medical Center.
An oral history project of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
In 1965, Aaron Shirley became the first African American resident at the University Medical Center (UMC), the state's only medical school, in Jackson. In 1967, Reuben Anderson became the first African American graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Behind the integration of the UM professional schools were two men in positions of leadership who took an unusual stand to open doors for black students: Dr. Blair Batson at UMC, who welcomed Dr. Shirley, and Dean Joshua Morse, who recruited Mr. Anderson and other African American students. The two leaders, both from Poplarville, Mississippi, grew up near each other, and their mothers were close friends.
Since 2006, the Winter Institute has been conducting an oral history project about these integrations and the people behind them.
Click here to view the two-part edited video, a total of 45 minutes.
Click here to go to the background article about Dr. Batson and Dean Morse.
Click here for a page with links to video excerpts of individual interviews.
Click here for a page with links to transcripts of individual interviews.