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Just 50 years after ending its notorious segregation policy, Ole Miss finally has a black homecoming queen. The school just crowned Courtney Roxanne Pearson as their queen, with the student receiving the crowning during the halftime ceremonies of the Ole Miss-Auburn football game.
“I am still in shock, but I am definitely very excited,” said Pearson. She defeated the runner-up Ashleigh Davis, 1,477 to 1,387 in a very close race.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Pearson, who won her crown on the 50 anniversary of the admission of James Meredith, the first African American to ever attend the institution. Meredith’s presence on campus led to riots.