The University of Missouri – roiled in the past year by racial tensions and protests – was central to a key U.S. Supreme Court ruling on desegregation nearly eight decades earlier. Justices in 1938 ordered MU to admit a black man, Lloyd Gaines, to its School of Law or create a separate law school to accommodate him. In a mystery enduring to this day, Gaines vanished from sight soon afterward.
MU political science professor James W. Endersby examines the case in a discussion of his book Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, written with colleague William Horner. The first book focusing solely on Gaines’ story, it addresses the role played by the NAACP and its lawyers and their strategy to produce political change