ht_gary_pinkel_university_of_missouri_mt_151108_12x5_1600Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the events immediately preceding and following the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe as well as the broader student protest emerging at colleges across the United States. These readings provide valuable information about the history of black student movements in the United States, the experiences of black college athletes, and the history of race relations in Missouri, the border South, and the United States in general. They also offer broader insights on race and racial inequality, the intersections of race and sport, struggles over school desegregation, and white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are organized by date of publication. This list is not meant to be exhaustive–you will find omissions. Please view Austin McCoy’bibliography on campus activism and follow #Mizzousyllabus for additional reading suggestions. Please click here to read Brandon Byrd’s post on the significance of the #mizzousyllabus.

The idea of the #mizzousyllabus was conceived by Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. An historian by training, Dr. Wright Rigueur received her B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Before joining the Kennedy School faculty, she was a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Her research interests include 20th Century United States political and social history, and modern African American history. Her first book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (Princeton University Press, 2015) covers more than four decades of American political and social history, and examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980. This semester, Professor Wright Rigueur is teaching a course entitled “Race, Riot, and Backlash in the United States.” You can download a copy here.

Op-Eds, Editorials, and Blogs

Readings on Black Student Activism

On School Desegregation and Institutional Diversity

Readings on Missouri

On the University of Missouri

Readings on Race and Sports

Multimedia Resources

Classroom Resources


*This list has been compiled by and is currently being maintained by Brandon R. Byrd, an AAIHS blogger and Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi State University. Please send an email to bbyrd@history.msstate.edu if you find errors, broken links, etc. We are no longer accepting new suggestions for this list. However, please continue to tweet additional suggestions on Twitter using the #Mizzousyllabus hashtag. Thank you!