Mary Ratliff

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARY RATLIFF, President of the Columbia chapter of the NAACP, about a planned gathering of local officials and community members to discuss Columbia's recent racial profiling report. The objective, with your input. will be to prioritize possible solutions. Watch for details! At [4:32] JILL DUDLEY invites everyone to "Foodstock," an all-day celebration of the solar eclipse, and a fundraiser for Serve It Up CoMo, a non-profit that supports other non-profits. Make plans to come early and stay late! August 15, 2017

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, a major move in a school year defined by a level of activism and student mobilization that is not often seen at Mizzou. Later the same day MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from his position, and transferring to a research focused role.

Every story is a long story with a deep history and many layers, but this chapter began on October 10. A group of 11 African American students calling themselves Concerned Student 1950 blocked the homecoming parade, linking arms and forming a line in front of Wolfe’s car. They were protesting racism and discrimination at the university. 

Over the course of the next month protests, walkouts and a hunger strike dominated campus news. On Monday, as major changes were underway, Intersection reporters fanned out across campus to bring you these voices and stories from people including Michael Sam, Jonathan Butler, Tim Wolfe and Mary Ratliff, among many others.  


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When Mary Ratliff moved to Columbia from Mississippi in 1959, she was leaving one of the epicenters of American segregation and the burgeoning civil rights movement. But that doesn’t mean she escaped experiences of racism and segregation in her new home.

“It was subtle here when I first came," Ratliff said. "In fact I've made the comment many times, that Columbia is 'Big Little Dixie.' It wasn’t a whole lot different from Mississippi.”