Noteworthy News: University of Missouri Renames Black Culture Center

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Noteworthy News: University of Missouri Renames Black Culture Center

The University of Missouri has agreed to honor two former Missourians, largely because they never attended the school. The university system's board of curators, meeting in Rolla early last month, voted 9-0 to change the name of the Black Culture Center on the Columbia campus. The new name: the Lloyd L. Gaines-Marian O'Fallon Oldham Black Culture Center. Both Gaines and Oldham were denied admission to the university because they were Black.

"This decision you have made is of historic proportions as it begins to close another chapter in the struggle for justice and equality," Malaika Horne, a curator from St. Louis, told the rest of the board.

"Both Gaines and Oldham were talented, inspirational visionaries willing to pay the price for what they believe in," Horne says.

Gaines attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, graduating with honors. In 1936, he sued the University of Missouri after it rejected his application to law school. Two years later, the U.S. …