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In February 1970, a group of black students burned a Confederate flag and danced on tables in the cafeteria to the music of B.B. King. The next day, almost half of the black students at the university participated in a protest during a campus concert of Up With People. A photo published in the student newspaper at the time showed that some of the protesters stood on stage with their fists in the air—a symbol of the black power movement. During and after the concert, 89 people were arrested and sent to a local jail or to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Photo courtesy The Daily Mississippian

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