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6 Interesting Facts About Civil Rights Activist James Meredith

The Integration of the University of Mississippi

Upon graduating high school, James Meredith spent nine years in the Army Air Force. He enrolled in Jackson State College, an all Black school in Mississippi. In 1961, he applied to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss, an all white university). Meredith was admitted, but his admission was put on hold once Ole Miss learned that he was a Black man. He filed a suit against university and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court after the district court ruled against him. According to Biography.com, Meredith arrived to register for classes on September 20, 1962 but the entrance was blocked, forcing President John F. Kennedy to the National Guard. He finally enrolled on October 1, 1962.

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