Posts Tagged ‘ Mary Jean Price ’

Students debate how MSU should respond to story of Mary Jean Price

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, Featured Articles, News

by Nate Bassett The story of Mary Jean Price was never forgotten, but failed to receive much attention over the years. Dare To Excel, a promotional publication that reviews the history of the Missouri State University, mentions Price as the first African American applicant to Missouri State – and her rejection – but fails to […]



60 years later, details emerge on MSU’s denial of first African American applicant

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, News, Top Story

Terry Walls wanted to know the truth; the ugly, racist truth.

In 1950, his mother, Mary Jean Price, became the first African American applicant to Missouri State University (then a white’s-only institution known as Southwest Missouri State College).

The college failed to respond to her application, and a Greene County judge ruled against her when she filed suit against the school for their inaction. Denied the opportunity for an education, Price moved on with her life, but the scar of the racially-motivated denial have never really healed.