On a blue-sky perfect day and the leaves across the Jackson State University campus in full fall flame, Michael Teasley strolls down the pedestrian parkway wearing a dark suit, an electric blue shirt and a bright gold tie.
All those colors represent an interesting contradiction, for Michael Teasley is concentrating on only two: Black and white.
Teasley, a white man in his mid-30s who grew up in rural Rankin County, is the new president of the JSU chapter of the NAACP. He is the first white person to hold that position among historically black colleges and universities.
“I never thought I’d live to see this happen,” says 88-year-old Charles Evers, a longtime Mississippi civil rights activist. “We always had whites who participated in the NAACP, even back in the ‘60s. They just weren’t open about it for fear of what might happen to them.
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