First Social Club Desegregates
The D’Belles appear to be the first traditional social club to desegregate. Their group photograph from the 1979 Meh Lady, more than a decade after the university desegregated, shows a single black member (identity unconfirmed).
Other social clubs took longer to desegregate, in some cases, well into the 1990s and 2000s.
D'Belles Social Club, 1979.
Mississippi University for Women Archives. Meh Lady Collection.