A half century after the initial racial integration of the University of Mississippi, Courtney Roxanne Pearson has been named the first African American homecoming queen. She will be crowned on October 13 during halftime ceremonies at the football game between Auburn University and Ole Miss.
Pearson is a 21-year-old senior from Memphis, Tennessee. She is majoring in English secondary education. Both of her parents are Ole Miss graduates. After graduation in May, she plans to join Teach for America.
Pearson’s milestone comes on the heels of the election last spring of Kimberly Dandridge as the first African American woman to be elected student body president.