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Alcorn State and a new race debate

Jay Hopson is the first white head football coach in SWAC history

Updated: September 23, 2012, 10:50 AM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

LORMAN, Miss -- In 1948, Medgar Evers arrived at Alcorn College with a GI Bill, a football scholarship and eyes that had seen two very different sides of the same world.

Mississippi represented one side. Evers grew up in Decatur, a farming town buried inside a state in which extreme racial divisiveness was status quo for the times.

But at 23 years old, Evers, the great-grandson of a slave, also had seen a world that was as different from Mississippi as moonlight and ...

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