Ernst Borinski's autographed yearbook photo from Tougaloo College's 1955 yearbook.
November 26, 1901|
Kattowitz, German Empire (now Katowice, Poland)
|Died||May 26, 1983(aged 81)|
On March 21, 1938, he arrived in New York City aboard the Queen Mary. After serving four years in the U.S. Army during World War II, Borinski received a M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Sociology in Law from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1947, he accepted a teaching position at Tougaloo College, a historically black college located in Tougaloo, Mississippi. In addition to heading the sociology department, Borinski also taught Russian and German.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Borinski regularly organized meetings between black and white groups in defiance of racial segregation. He spoke frequently at Millsaps College, a historically white institution in Jackson not far from Tougaloo College's campus. As a consequence of his activities, Borinski was the subject of investigation by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.
There is a building complex on Tougaloo’s campus named after him.
- Lowe, Maria. "An Unseen Hand:The Role of Sociology Professor Ernst Borinski in Mississippi’s Struggle for Racial Integration in the 1950s and 1960s (abstract)". Sage Publications. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
Embodying characteristics of both a bridge leader and a transformative intellectual, Professor Borinski worked behind the scenes and utilized the academy's resources and his status as an `outsider' to contribute to undermining Mississippi's racial status quo.
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- "Institute Speaker Here Tomorrow Is Dr. Borinski". Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). February 12, 1961.
- 'Smith, Edgar E., ed. (1955). Eaglet '55. Tougaloo, Mississippi: Tougaloo Southern Christian College.
- "From Swastika to Jim Crow". PBS. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
Ernst Borinski's legendary Sociology Science Forums served to bridge the gap between the races, bringing together Tougaloo students with members of the surrounding White communities.
- "Millsaps President and Wright Protest". Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History). March 9, 1958.
- Crain, Jim (February 14, 1961). "Intellectuals Have Role in South to Safeguard Democracy, Speaker Says". Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
- "Sovereignty Commission Online [Database Online]". Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History. Retrieved 2010-12-29.