Last November MU was rocked by protests led by African American student group Concerned Student 1950. The group of 11 students captured campus attention with its message that university administrators were not doing enough to address racism on campus.
One of the group’s members began a hunger strike that he said could end one of two ways: with then-UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation, or the protester’s death by starvation. The story went national when the MU football team announced a boycott in support of the hunger striker. In quick succession Tim Wolfe resigned, former MU Chancellor R Bowen Loftin stepped down, and it all unleashed a storm of criticism and debate.
How did the University of Missouri get to this point? And how might its path forward navigate the complex landscapes of university funding, policies and staffing, student demands and Missouri politics? That’s what the entire KBIA news team will explore in this hour long special report, Mizzou at a Crossroads,
Special thanks to Rodney Davis, Ryan Levi, and Emerald O’Brien for their production assistance.