Commuters' Lounge

As a local student, Laverne Greene spent free time between classes in the commuters' lounge ("Day Room"). She experienced several uncomfortable confrontations in the lounge, but one stood out to her:

"And one day, we were in there watching TV, and some girls just came in, and they said, 'This TV is not for niggers.' And they turned it toward the wall. And I, being the rebel kind of person, I turned it back around. And a few minutes later, they just unplugged it. So then I realized, they ain’t going to leave it alone."


MSCW Students Sit Around a Television, circa 1964.
Mississippi University for Women Archives, Meh Lady Collection.

Laverne Greene-Leech Oral History.
Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.