Rob Evans

In 1992, Rob Evans became the first African American to serve as a head coach at the University of Mississippi. Evans served as the basketball coach from 1992-1998.




Dr. Donald Peters

In 1993, Peters became the first African American appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Peters served for two years as Vice-Chancellor of student affairs.




Louis Westerfield

Louis Westerfield was the first African-American Dean of the University of Mississippi Law School. Westerfield was born in Mississippi in 1949. He was the son of a Mississippi sharecropper and received his bachelor's degree from Southern University at New Orleans in 1971. In 1974, he received his Jurist Doctor from Loyola University School of Law, and in 1977, he joined the faculty at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. He earned his Masters of Law from Columbia in 1980 and came to the University of Mississippi as a professor of law in 1983. In 1986, Westerfield was named Dean and a Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law; he served there until 1990 when he became a Professor of Law and the Dean of Loyola University School of Law. He was the first African American to hold that position. In 1994, Westerfield returned to the University of Mississippi as the Dean of the School of Law, the Director of the Law Center, and a Professor of Law. His selection as Dean of the Law School made him the first African American named to that position as well. On August 24, 1996, Westerfield died unexpectedly due to a massive heart attack.



Controversy over Selection of Dean of Law School

Louis Westerfield Obituary




Debbie McCain

Debbie McCain became the first African American crowned Most Beautiful in 1996. A native of Batesville, Mississippi, McCain was one of sixty contestants to compete in the competition.



picture taken from the Daily Mississippian


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