On November 13, 1950, the University of Missouri admitted its first black students, becoming the inspiration for a student protest movement at the school, Concerned Student 1950, that is currently fighting inequality on campus. The school integrated by court order.
Fifteen years prior, a black student named Lloyd Gaines had sued for the right to attend the Missouri law school and eventually won a landmark Supreme Court decision. However, Gaines disappeared in 1939 under mysterious circumstances and never got a chance to attend. The school awarded him a posthumous honorary law degree in 2006.
Elsewhere on November 13s past: Disney released Fantasia in 1940 in all it’s weird, classical music glory and, in 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s segregation laws were unconstitutional, bringing the Montgomery Bus Boycott to an end almost a year after it started following Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white person.
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