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Missouri State University Issues Apology

Missouri State University officials apologize for its band playing what is often deemed an offensive song on Springfield's downtown square last month.

December 17, 2011|Joanna Small | Reporter

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —   Missouri State University's interim president has apologized for what he calls a poor choice.

  The school's pride band played the song "Dixie" on Springfield's downtown square last month.

  Clif Smart says the song was an "unfortunate selection" that will not be played again in a public venue.

  In 1906 three black men were lynched at the square.

  Officials at the local NAACP office say there have been complaints in the community about the song, which they says is not appropriate to play.

  The university's band director, Jerry Hoover, says he's sorry about the selection and didn't understand the significance of the song as it related to the square.
 
  "Dixie" was written in the 1850s and tells the story of a freed black slave pining for the planation of his birth.

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