Clyde Kennard Marker Unveiling

Clyde Kennard Marker Unveiling

February 2, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Kennard-Washington Hall Lawn
Free and open to the public

Kennard Marker Unveiling

Born June 12, 1927, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Clyde Kennard was a pioneer in the quest to desegregate higher education in Mississippi. From 1955 to 1959, Kennard made several attempts to enroll at Mississippi Southern College, now The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), but was denied entry by then college President William D. McCain and state and local officials. Although his efforts were obstructed, Kennard persisted until he was falsely accused and convicted of multiple crimes, then ultimately sentenced to seven years at Parchman Farm, now the Mississippi State Penitentiary. While there, he was diagnosed with cancer but was denied proper medical treatment until he was critically ill. Tragically, he died on July 4, 1963, at the age of 36.

On March 30, 2006, Kennard was declared innocent after subsequent investigations showed that he had been framed. To atone for its role in this injustice, USM, under the leadership of then President Aubrey K. Lucas, who had been the director of admissions in 1959, renamed the student services building in honor of Kennard in 1993. Later, USM established a scholarship program to continue Kennard's legacy and help students become future graduates of the University. 

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