In 1911, Chester L. Brewer, the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics, had a vision. His vision, to add some excitement to the rivalry, was to invite alumni to “come home” for the game. As part of this celebration of “coming home,” there was a parade and spirit rally to coincide with the actual game. In 1911, with a spirit rally, parade and more than 9,000 fans packed into Rollins Field (current site of Stankowski Field), the tradition of “Homecoming” at the University of Missouri and has served as a model for the various Homecoming celebrations that take place across the nation.”
Today, from September to November whether you’re a Tiger, a Bulldog, repping maroon and white, or black and gold homecoming is sure to bring out the school spirit in everyone.
For Ole Miss, Homecoming 2012 celebrated integration. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the institution’s controversial admission of James Meredith, the first African-American to attend the school. Yet, this homecoming was groundbreaking in the present as the school crowned their first ever Black Homecoming Queen, Courtney Roxanne Pearson.
Take a look at these “Good Read” links to celebrate a young woman, and a school that, serves as a symbol for Ole Miss, a university that did not admit African-American students until 50 years ago.– TheGrio.com
Essence covers the topic shedding light on the difficulties Pearson faced as for some, Pearson’s looks didn’t quite meet the expectations of a homecoming queen. Not only because she’s black, not white or in a Greek organization like all of the homecoming queens before her, but also because Pearson’s complexion is a deep chocolate hue and she is plus-size.– Essence. com
-Compiled by Brittany Vickers