Celebrating Black History in the Pine Belt part 4

Celebrating Black History in the Pine Belt part 4

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dr. Eddie Holloway of Hattiesburg has a long list of credentials directly impacting the city and the University of Southern Miss.

"I went to Rowan High school, and finished in 1970," Dr. Eddie Holloway said. "I enrolled at the University of Southern Miss, but prior to that, started working at Wimpy's; the precursor to Seymour's restaurant."

During the 1960's and 70's, Holloway could recall the changing community.

"I don't know that I would describe it as tension," Holloway said. "I would describe it as 'visual differences' in that, at that time, the majority of our communities in the state of MS, were segregated or different, as well as our schools as well as our church and places of worship."

While still a student at USM, Holloway noticed integration at the school.

"Perhaps the differences were that there were few facility that would look like me, or there would be few African Americans in the mainstream student government or even athletics to that extent," Holloway said. "Shortly thereafter, African Americans were a part of almost every fiber of the university."

Even while the school was going thru integration, Holloway remained focused on his education.

"I think the challenge was that which represented the unknown," Holloway said. "We obviously were creating new landscapes, creating new opportunity, building bridges, for learning for people of all differences. Going into venues that you've never dreamed of going, seeing things, hearing things and taking advantage of opportunities that traditionally were not in your catchment."

After he received his Doctoral from USM in Educational Administration, along with countless other titles, his current position as Dean of Students allows his to guide other students in their educational journey.

"I hope I've helped build bridges for other students," said Holloway. "I hope that in small ways I've helped them make steps helped them developed clear visions, helped allow them to develop a pathway to hunt, pick, look, to be tenacious just to try try try again. To know that there are answers to their many many questions and to help them to see that they must work hard, that nothing is given. That life is not always fair, but it's up to that person who prepared for the longest run."

For a more in-depth bio of Dr. Holloway, click here.