University of Missouri

49-74: A Resolution to Mention and Add the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center to Tour Team Stops

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-74

A Resolution to Mention and Add the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center to Tour Team Stops

PURPOSE: To have the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center regulated as a stop on MU campus tours.

WHEREAS, the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center holds much historical value due to the pioneers Lloyd L. Gaines and Dr. Marian O’Fallon Oldham, the building is named after, and

WHEREAS, Lloyd Lionel Gaines graduated from Lincoln University as an honors student with a bachelors degree in history, applied for admission to MU’s Law School in 1936 and during April of that same year and was denied by the University for admission because of his race.

WHEREAS, Gaines brought his case before the U.S. Supreme Court and on December 12, 1938, the court rendered a landmark decision ordering the state of Missouri to admit Gaines to the university law school or provide a faculty of equal stature for blacks within the state border.

WHEREAS, after this decision, Gaines was last seen at his fraternity house in Chicago on one evening around March 19, 1939 and was never seen or heard from again.

WHEREAS, Dr. Marian O’Fallon Oldham was denied admission to the University of Missouri based on her race, and

WHEREAS, in spite of this denial of admission she went on to accomplish great things in her life through such organizations as the Congress of Racial Equality and the NAACP, as well as becoming the first Black woman to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

WHEREAS, Oldham and Gaines were local heroes who sacrificed a great deal in order to pave the way and provide opportunities to aspiring black students, and  thanks to their relentless dedication to a just cause, ALL students, faculty and many Columbia residents today benefit from cultural events and programs that are held in our Black Culture Center.

WHEREAS, the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center offers numerous resources to the entire student body, including meeting spaces utilized by the over 40 student organizations, a computer lab and a large multipurpose room where several classes are held.

WHEREAS, there are only two schools within the Big XII Conference that have Black Cultural Centers, adding to the diversity offered at MU.

WHEREAS, the Black Cultural Center is not currently a stop on the tours conducted by the Office of Admissions through the Tour Team, nor regularly mentioned.

WHEREAS, despite the cultural significance and abundance of resources offered by the Black Cultural Center, it remains an unregulated stop on tours offered at the University of Missouri for incoming students,

WHEREAS, the Tour Team conducts tours in the near vicinity of the Gaines/Oldham Black Cultural Center, but is not required to inform students of this resource,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that due to the Black Cultural Centers great significance and resourceful nature to all MU students, it is deserving of recognition on all tours.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Missouri Students Association Senate supports the implementation of the Black Cultural Center as a stop on all prospective student tours.

Respectfully Submitted,

Danee Owens, MCI Secretary

Alex Holley, MCI Chairwoman

Lakeisha Williams, MCI Vice-Chairwoman