By Sid Salter, Syndicated columnist
The Picayune Item
PICAYUNE — The national perception of Mississippi is a hard nut to crack. Regardless the realities which explode the perceived myths once we actually can get someone disparaging the state to pay us a visit and give us a try, the perceptions of our state as poor, backward, insular, and in many cases racist, remain.
Perhaps no university president since MSU’s Dean Colvard in 1963 recognized that fact more readily than did former Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat — who led Ole Miss from 1995 through 2009. Colvard risked his life and career at MSU in authorizing the “Game of Change” with an integrated Loyola of Chicago team in the 1963 NCAA basketball tournament.
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