Ole Miss organization hosts Confederate symbolism forum

A University of Mississippi student-led organization named “Solidarity” hosted a Confederate symbolism forum on Thursday in response to recent talks of the Confederate statue on campus.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 11:47 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 9:10 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - A University of Mississippi student-led organization named “Solidarity” hosted a Confederate symbolism forum on Thursday in response to recent talks of the Confederate statue on campus.

The organization stated its goal was to reflect on how Confederate symbols have affected the Ole Miss community.

Ryan Oehril is the organization's vice president.

"Tonight, I got a lot more of a sense of a progressive movement building up here in Oxford,” he said. “I think there was a lot more people here than I originally thought, and I think that's a good sign.”

Charles Ross is a professor who teaches African-American Studies and History and has been at the Ole Miss since 1995.

He was one of four professors who spoke on a panel to share their experiences

"Every time I walk past the statue it's a representation of time where we weren't allowed at this institution,” Ross said.

The Confederate statue in the circle is expected to be moved soon.

"A lot of people were able to share their opinions and their perspectives and that was the important thing,” Ross said.

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