Second Ole Miss black graduate who urged equality has died

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Cleveland Donald Jr., the University of Mississippi’s second black graduate who preached equality and reconciliation during his academic career, has died at age 65.

His brother, retired Army Maj. Gen. James Donald, said Donald died on Jan. 26 of natural causes at his home in New Milford, Conn.

He attended Tougaloo College, then enrolled at Ole Miss in 1964 and graduated in 1966 with a history degree. Donald was the last black to enter Ole Miss under a federal protection order after James Meredith enrolled in 1962.

In 1978, he helped establish a black studies program at Ole Miss. Donald also was a professor at universities in Texas, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with burial in Newton.