MU Alumni Tell Their Story of the Fight for Racial Equality

Kristen Reesor – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

On Feb. 18, MU alumni John and Gloria Logsdon spoke to students about their experiences in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

The event was called “The Fight for Racial Equality in Missouri” and took place in Leadership Auditorium.

The Logsdon’s each shared their involvement with protesting, activism and participating in sit-ins during their time at MU and throughout the state. The couple committed to their cause despite facing discrimination.

Gloria Logsdon told the audience of when she organized a sit-in at a segregated Kansas City, Mo amusement park. Gloria was arrested along with other demonstrators.

Gloria and John met and dated at MU. At one time, Gloria could not stay in her dorm room with a white student. John became president of the Columbia Chapter of Racial Equality (CORE) soon after that incident. The couple helped to end segregation at MU and in Missouri.

Student Marshall Allen commented on Gloria’s speech after attending the Black History Month lecture on Wednesday.

“Her drive and her determination for the goal that she had didn’t stop because authority was what it was,” said Allen. “She faced a lot of opposition but through her entire experience she kept going.”

Many policies have changed since the civil rights movement swept across the U.S.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, which prohibits discrimination based on race and other factors. The U.S. Supreme Court also ruled that laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional with Loving v. Virginia in 1967.

Yet discrimination continues to occur.

“There are a lot of issues, but I think that compared to what it used to be, it’s definitely a lot better. But there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done,” student Byron Norman said.

John Logsdon gave advice for students still dealing with racial discrimination today.

“Just ignore your critics,” Logsdon said. “It’s easy being critical; it’s hard to be positive.”

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