MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Boy, am I ever dazed and confused. In just a few weeks we’ll be talking about how, in late October 1938, hundreds of thousands of people thought a radio dramatization about a Martian invasion of the earth was real. And a question has always been, how could these people be taken in like that? I mean, all they had to do was change the channel, and they would have had a pretty good clue that nothing serious was going on.
An effort to get low-income citizens to eat healthier food is the topic on the next “MTSU On the Record” with host Gina Logue at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).
Dr. Justin Gardner, an assistant professor of agribusiness, will discuss MTSU’s partnership with the Rutherford County Farmers’ Market at the Lane Agri-Park Community Center on John R. Rice Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
Fifty years ago — Oct. 1, 1962 — the first black student was admitted to the University of Mississippi, a bastion of the Old South.
The town of Oxford erupted. It took some 30,000 U.S. troops, federal marshals and national guardsmen to get James Meredith to class after a violent campus uprising. Two people were killed and more than 300 injured. Some historians say the integration of Ole Miss was the last battle of the Civil War.
It was a high-stakes showdown between President Kennedy and Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett.