COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A civil rights icon has died. Diane Thompson was one of three women who were the first back students to attend the Mississippi College for Women (now know as the “W”) in 1966. She was the last of the three students to leave the college; she stayed until 1969, not finishing her degree.
Thompson worked as an assistant teacher for several years but returned to the “W” 30 years later to finish her degree. Soon after she taught 6th grade science at West Lowndes Middle School until 2010. She batted bone caner and passed at a hospital in Georgia. She was 64 years old.