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On May 18, 1964 - the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v Board of Education decision - Brown University in Providence, RI, and Tougaloo College a historically black college in Jackson, MS, developed a 'cooperative agreement'.  With the issues of Civil Rights confronting both institutions, they stepped into a relationship that despite early understandable conflict, has remained a unique collaborative venture that engages the culture, academia, and histories of these two distinctive institutions.

For over 40 years, this relationship has transformed and inspired lives through student and faculty academic and cultural exchanges, collaborative research ventures, and administrative initiatives.

For a description of our individual programs please see Programs and for a general program overview please see our Program Update document.   

To learn more about the history of the Mississippi Freedom Movement in which Tougaloo College played a central role, and the Brown-Tougaloo relationship, see the Freecom Now! website.