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From the pages of history, fall 2005
Moments in U history from the pages of the alumni journal, now called Minnesota
From M, fall 2005
75 years ago
The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, now the Minnesota Orchestra,
moved into the new Northrop Memorial Auditorium on campus, making
the University of Minnesota the only university in the world with a
major symphony orchestra located on campus, according to the
October 4, 1930, Minnesota Alumni Weekly. Students will benefit,
the Weekly argued, from exposure to "music in its highest form...
at special rates." The opening concert in a 16-performance series
was October 17, 1930, and featured famed Czech soprano Maria
Jeritza. The orchestra remained at Northrop until 1974, when
Orchestra Hall opened.
50 years ago
The alumni magazine saluted Roy Wilkins (B.A. '23), newly elected
leader of the NAACP, in its October 1955 issue. Wilkins took the
helm at a critical moment in U.S. history, as NAACP court
challenges to school desegregation and other institutionalized
discrimination were making headway. A trained journalist and editor
of the NAACP's magazine, The Crisis, for 15 years, Wilkins led the
NAACP until 1977, through the Little Rock school desegregation;
marches on Washington, D.C., and Selma, Alabama; passage of the
Voting Rights Act; and the establishment of many NAACP programs in
northern cities in response to race riots there.