Then & Now

Many people – community members, students, religious leaders, and Mercer faculty and staff members worked together to make the University's integration not only possible, but also relatively peaceful during a time fraught with tension and anxiety. Their goal was to make the transition smooth for not only the Mercer community, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the African-American students who were admitted to Mercer during those first years of integration.

We invite you to take a look at the following personal accounts of this pivotal moment in our community's history in hopes that you will better understand what it took to make integration at Mercer a reality. And if you are inspired to share their stories on Twitter, join our celebration with #mercer50th.


The Decision

Charles Ray Brewster, professor emeritus of Christianity
Betty Hendricks, ’55, wife of former Dean of Students Joe Hendricks, ‘55
Mary Wilder, professor emerita of English


Sam Oni, ‘67
Don Baxter, ’67, former Mercer trustee and Sam Oni’s Mercer roommate
Pearlie Toliver, Mercer alumna and community leader
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Mercer Today

Jaleel Menifee, Mercer student
President William D. Underwood
Kaytlin Eldred, Mercer Student

Mercer Tomorrow

President William D. Underwood
H.W. “Ted” Matthews, ’68, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Other Videos

Bob Hurt Speaks at Founders' Day 2014
Mercer Lyceum -- Racial Justice in America: Where Are We Now
Jockumentaries: Don Baxter and Sam Oni
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