Ole Miss Crowns First Black Homecoming Queen

Fifty years ago, James Meredith became the first black student at the University of Mississippi. Today, Courtney Roxanne Pearson has become the first African-American homecoming queen at Ole Miss.

The 21-year-old English major says she considers her election to be a landmark not for only one reason, but two. Not only is she the first African-American student to be crowned queen, she is the first non-sorority member to be crowned.
“I feel like it’s an inspiration for others to be like, ‘there’s nothing that can hold me back, not my race, not my greekness, or my non-greekness — whatever it is that I want to do, I can do it,’” Pearson said.

The landmark comes 50 years after the integration of the school.