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

Video Interviews

Click on the links below to listen to excerpts of interviews with many of the project participants. All links go to the vimeo website for video playback. Durations in minutes and seconds are shown in parentheses.

Medical School

Dr. Blair Batson on an influential experience about race at Johns Hopkins (03:09)

Dr. Blair Batson on Dr. Aaron Shirley's arrival at University Medical Center (05:18)

Mr. John Batson on growing up in “Bilbo Country” (03:06)

Mr. John Batson on the friendship between his mother and Dean Josh Morse's mother (01:04)

Dr. Kimble Love on race relations and segregation in Jackson and at University Medical Center in the mid-1960s (02:22)

Dr. Kimble Love on Dr. Aaron Shirley's arrival at University Medical Center (02:36)

Dr. Kimble Love on Dr. Blair Batson (01:26)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on race relations and healthcare in Jackson, MS, during his years growing up there (05:35)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on his medical training, his return to Mississippi, not being allowed hospital privileges in Vicksburg, and the arrival of Cuban doctors there following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 (05:53)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on his civil rights activism and his application to the residency at UMC (08:10)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on the atmosphere and issues of segregation at University Medical Center (04:57)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on his transition into UMC and dealing with parents of his young patients (02:12)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on the difference in the political climates in Vicksburg and Jackson and threats made to him and his family (02:06)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on his early interest in community health centers (01:22)

Dr. Aaron Shirley on Dr. Blair Batson's leadership (02:22)

Gov. William F. Winter on the political career and influence of Senator Theodore Bilbo (02:09)

Gov. William F. Winter on his friendship with Dr. Blair Batson and Dr. Batson's leadership (02:58)

School of Law

The Honorable Reuben Anderson on the atmosphere at Ole Miss for black students in the mid-1960s (02:34)

The Honorable Reuben Anderson on the UM law school under Dean Joshua Morse and the law professors he recruited from Yale (05:22)

The Honorable Reuben Anderson on the legal services program at the law school and Dean Morse's impact (01:52)

Mr. John Robin Bradley on the attitudes about integration at the law school in the mid-1960s and a class visit by civil rights activist Aaron Henry (04:48)

Mr. John Robin Bradley on the Ford Foundation grants that provided for recruitment of black law students and the resentment by the Mississippi power structures (05:18)

Mr. John Robin Bradley on the creation of a legal clinic that provided free legal services and the backlash against it (2:12)

Mr. John Robin Bradley on the legacy of Dean Morse and the role of the law school in prompting social change (02:57)

Dean Sam Davis on Dean Morse's leadership qualities (02:20)

Dean Sam Davis on the IHL board reaction to Dean Morse and the impact of the new faculty from Yale Law School (02:32)

Dean Sam Davis on a reactionary letter he received while editor-in-chief of the law journal (02:20) (read the letter in PDF format)

Dean Sam Davis on the rural services legal clinic (03:17)

Dean Sam Davis on Dean Morse's lasting social impact on UM and Mississippi (02:19)

Dean Joshua Morse on his early law career and cases that influenced his ideas about race (03:12)

Dean Joshua Morse on his mother's friendship with Mrs. Batson, and their book club books that contributed to his thinking on race (02:11)

Dean Joshua Morse on how he became dean of the UM law schoo (07:02)l

Dean Joshua Morse on his relationship with M.M. Roberts and Senator Robert Kennedy's speech at the University of Mississippi (07:45)

Dean Joshua Morse on the external pressures on him and the creation of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (08:25)

Dean Joshua Morse on his legacy at the University of Mississippi School of Law (03:13)

Ms. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esquire, on the unpleasant atmosphere and the harassment she faced during law school (04:00)

Ms. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esquire, on Dean Morse's role as her counsel and confidante during law school (02:52)

Ms. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esquire, on the Mississippi Legislature's treatment of Dean Morse (01:33)

Ms. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esquire, on the community of African American students at the law school during the late 1960's (05:24)

Gov. William F. Winter on the atmosphere at the time of Reuben Anderson's admission to the UM law school (01:45)

Gov. William F. Winter on his early friendship with Joshua Morse when they were students at the University of Mississippi (02:38)

Gov. William F. Winter on the leadership of Dean Joshua Morse (03:56)

Gov. William F. Winter on Dean Joshua Morse's legacy (01:38)