From the former Chancellor of the University of Mississippi-60: A Year of Sports, Race Politics is the story of the year that changed everything for a nation, our culture, and a young man from Mississippi.
In 1960, 22-year-old Robert Khayat experienced a year in which his own life, the nation, and the state of Mississippi were forever changed. The same spring that four college students in North Carolina refused to move from a segregated lunch counter, Khayat's SEC champion Ole Miss baseball team was denied the right to play in the NCAA tournament because they might encounter a Black opponent. At the same time that young John F. Kennedy became a household name, Khayat's dark-skinned father was making an unlikely ascent to become of the most powerful men in Mississippi. And two high-profile segregationists would impact Khayat's life in ways he could have never imagined. The events of 1960 set the stage for a revolution . . . and Robert Khayat was in living in the midst of it all.