Should Delta State strip segregationist name from basketball arena

70 views – Mississippi – 2023-01-13 05:05:47

Lucia Harris-Stewart, who led Delta State to three-straight national championships, stands in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland after having won the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Ben Proudfoot immortalized former Delta University star basketball player Lusia “Lucy” Harris-Stewart with an Academy Award winning documentary in 2021 named the Queen of Basketball.

Mrs. Stewart died in January of 2022 just before the Academy Award presentations.

All along, Proudfoot has been urging officials with the university to rename its basketball arena in her name to replace the name of segregationist politician Walter Sillers. The office building of the governor of Mississippi on High Street in Jackson is also named for the longtime legislator.

On Thursday, Proudfoot published…

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