Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics


Clyde Kennard Q&A

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American Politics | Journalism Studies


Question and answer program at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. This program followed the premiere of the film "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" at the Overby Center Auditorium. It is a film that Meek School of Journalism professors Alysia Steele and Bobby Steele, Jr. produced for four Southern Miss professors, who spent two years doing research on his story. Clyde Kennard tried to integrate Southern Miss three times in the 1950s, was framed by the Sovereignty Commission, and convicted of a crime he didn't commit - as the 130+ page dossier shows. The dossier is now public record at the MS Department of Archives. Kennard was framed and throw into Parchman for hard labor. Actor Dick Gregory was instrumental in getting him released, but he died shortly thereafter from cancer. Funding for this film provided by the Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the racial equity grant. The USM professors are hoping this film will as an educational tool for USM freshman orientation.

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