By Tondaleigha Jones
Mary Jean Price Walls was the first African American applicant to apply for admission to Missouri State University (formerly known as Southwest Missouri State College) in 1950. She was denied admission and it is reported the school did nothing to notify her of their decision. However, in 2010 Mary Walls was presented with an Honorary undergraduate degree from Missouri State University.
In honor of Mary Walls, MSU opened the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex known as “MRC Annex”. This just goes to show how far African American education has come.
In honor Black History month, MSU students gathered in front of the Duane G Meyer library to meet and reflect on how thankful they are for the opportunity of a higher education.