A couple of comments have centered around the fact that Joan enrolled in Tougaloo College, a historically black college. The comments range from HBC never banned white students to she invaded a school meant for black students.
One of the first students to graduate from Tougaloo was white and for much of its history the college encouraged exchanges with white colleges such as Millsap College and Brown University. This policy changed during the Black Power movement and between 1970 and 1980 white students were no longer accepted.
The strategy behind the two way integration of white students attending primarily black colleges was meant to show that integration shouldn’t be a small number of “exceptional” black students attending overwhelmingly white colleges. Some historically black colleges chose to accept white students as part of an overall civil rights plan.
Here is a photo that shows Joan taking part in a sit-in while at Tougaloo. Incidentally, the man seated on the left is Native American (Mi’kmaq/St. Francis Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk).
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