The University of Mississippi is making great strides in cultural diversity with the recent election of its first female African American Associated Student Body President.
On February 21, 2012 the student body elected junior Journalism major Kimbrely Dandridge to the coveted position. The Como, Mississippi native is a member of Phi Mu sorority and won the election on a platform to unite the student body and provide students with more resources; such as: free printing and more academic resource.
This will be the backdrop for the University's 50th anniversary of integration, when James Meredith became the first African-American to be admitted to the University. His admission was met with heavy resistance from pro-segregationists and riots soon embattled the campus. Troops were brought in to calm rioters and when the dust finally settled 2 people lay dead.
"This is a special time because it allows us to reflect on the progress this university has made. Being the first is not important to me, what’s important to me are those that will follow,” said Dandridge.