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Encyclopedia > Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University is a historically black university located in Itta Bena, Mississippi. The university is commonly referred to as MVSU or simply "The Valley." MVSU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... Itta Bena is a city in Leflore County, Mississippi, United States. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Thurgood Marshall successfully argued the 1954 landmark case Brown v. ...


MVSU's colors are kelly green and white and their nickname is the Delta Devils. MVSU sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Famous alumni include NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice. Mossy, green fountain in Wattens, Austria. ... White rose. ... The Devil is a title given to the supernatural entity, who, in Christianity, Islam, and other religions, is a powerful, evil entity and the tempter of humankind. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962 in Crawford, Mississippi) is a former football wide receiver in the NFL. Rice is widely regarded as among the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, consistently showing exceptional performance and strong work ethic on and off of the field. ...


History

The institution, which opened in 1950, was created by the Mississippi state legislature as Mississippi Vocational College. The college changed its name in 1964 to Mississippi Valley State College and was granted university status in 1974. The Mississippi Legislature is comprised of the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


The legislature anticipated that legal segregation of public education was in danger (and would in four years be declared unconstitutional in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education) and created the institution, hoping that its existence would draw African-American applicants who might have otherwise applied to attend Mississippi's premier whites-only institutions -- the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Creating separate institutions of higher learning for Mississippi's black population, the state's political leaders hoped, would help ease the pressure to integrate the state's premier universities. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... Holding Segregation of students in public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because separate facilities are inherently unequal. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Mississippi State University is a land-grant university located in north east-central Mississippi in the town of Starkville and is situated 125 miles northeast of Jackson and 23 miles west of Columbus. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


To attract the support of those who opposed any government action to provide higher education to blacks, those proposing creation of M.V.C. used the term "vocational" to imply that the institution's main purpose would be to train blacks to take on blue-collar jobs.


The original legislative proposal would have located M.V.C. in Greenwood, but the white leadership of that city did not like the idea of hosting an institution that would attract young, ambitious blacks to the area. Thus, the proposed site was moved to Itta Bena. Even that town, however, objected to too close a proximity of a black institution, so the final site was chosen to place the college away from the downtown area, on cheap, uncultivatable land. Greenwood is situated in Leflore County, Mississippi at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, approximately 96 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. ... Itta Bena is a city in Leflore County, Mississippi, United States. ...


The first president of the institution, J. H. White, an African-American, sought to reassure the state's political leaders that the institution would not be a center of black agitation. One of his symbolic acts was to name the college's two most important buildings after prominent segregationists Walter Sillers Jr. and Fielding Wright. After the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown decision, state Gov. Hugh White invited 90 black leaders to support the idea of voluntary segregation of public education in Mississippi. President White was one of only two at the meeting to support the governor. When a young black man, Clyde Kennard, applied to the all-white Mississippi Southern College, President White tried to dissuade him. (Kennard was later framed for his attempts to attend white universities.) Fielding Lewis Wright (May 16, 1895 - May 4, 1956) was a Mississippi politician who served as lieutenant governor (1944-1946) and became governor after the death of Thomas L. Bailey. ... Clyde Kennard (died July 4, 1963) was an African-American in Mississippi who attempted several times to enroll in the states public institutions of higher learning during the 1950s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1964, Mississippi Vocational College was renamed Mississippi Valley State College.


In 1970, a student boycott was organized to protest President White's administration of the institution. Half the enrolled students of the institution -- about 900 -- were arrested. However, White was ousted as president soon afterward.


In the early 1970s, civil rights leaders continued to protest the inequalities in higher education opportunities offered to whites and blacks in Mississippi. In an effort to defuse some of the criticism, Gov. Bill Waller proposed changing the names of three black institutions from "colleges" to "universities." Thus, in 1974, the institution was renamed again, as Mississippi Valley State University. Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... William Lowe Bill Waller, Sr. ...


In 1998, the university renamed many of the buildings on campus, except for the ones named after Sillers, Wright, and J. H. White.


Famous alumni

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External link

  • Official website

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