The University of Mississippi band will no longer play any variation of “Dixie” during football games. Mississippi Today first reported the story.
“The newly expanded and renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will further highlight our best traditions and create new ones that give the Ole Miss Rebels the best home field advantage in college football,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said in a statement. “Because the Pride of the South is such a large part of our overall experience and tradition, the Athletics Department asked them to create a new and modern pregame show that does not include Dixie and is more inclusive for all fans.”
Spoke with @RossBjorkAD about "Dixie" decision this morning. I'll share the highlights here. Bottom line: "It’s time to move forward."
— Adam Ganucheau (@GanucheauAdam) August 19, 2016
The University of Mississippi and its athletic department have been working to distance themselves from their Old South traditions and create an atmosphere of inclusion for years.
It was back in 2003 when the school stopped using the Colonel Reb mascot on the sidelines of sporting events. As recently as last month, the university announced the creation of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Contextualization. This committee's responsibility, essentially, is to help people viewing Confederate-themed monuments and symbols on the Ole Miss campus through today's contemporary eyes, place them into a context of the period they came from in order to understand them better.
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