Current Ripon News

Gary Yerkey ’66 tells story of historic civil rights march

The 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march had a tremendous impact on the history of the United States, as well as a direct personal impact on Ripon College. A new book by Gary Yerkey ’66 of Washington, D.C., details his participation in the march along with a small group of other Ripon College students and the Rev. Jerry Thompson, then chaplain… Continue reading

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Doss ’57 Featured in Profile

Ulysses Doss ’57 was featured in The Missoulian, a Montana newspaper, in an article about the founding of the University of Montana’s Black Studies Program. Doss graduated from Ripon College with a double major in Psychology and Classics before continuing his education at Boston University and Northwestern University. In 1968, he started the Black Studies Program at the University of… Continue reading

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Ripon College and Selma, Alabama: 1965

In March 1965, marches and protests held in Alabama marked the political and emotional height of the American civil rights movement. The three attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital, were in support of Black voter registration. The first march took place on March 7 and became known as “Bloody Sunday” after civil rights marchers were attacked… Continue reading

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